Dear Church Family,
I was reading an article about the history of the phrase “thank you” and it said that the word “thank” comes from the Latin root word that means “think.” Translated loosely, the phrase might mean “I will remember what you have done for me.” Being thankful requires us to be thoughtful. The Apostle Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 that we should “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Giving thanks to God requires us to be thoughtful. When our circumstances are pleasant it’s easy to give thanks. But our circumstances are not always going to be pleasant. When we find ourselves in unpleasant circumstances, we must look beyond them and think about what God has done and is doing for us in Christ.
Whether you’re facing pleasant or unpleasant circumstances try praying one of these prayers each day.
“God, thank you for how you provide for me.”
“Father, I’m having a hard time dealing with this situation but I want to thank you that you’ve given me your Spirit to comfort and guide me.”
“Lord, thank you for my church family and for the opportunity you’ve given me to love and serve your people.”
“Lord, I’m feeling discouraged but I want to thank you that you are working all things for my good.”
“Father, thank you for my family and friends that you’ve placed in my life.”
“Jesus, I’m feeling lonely but I want to thank you that you will never leave me or forsake me.”
“God, I want to thank you for who you are and for blessing me with __________________.”
Being thankful requires us to be thoughtful. Let us remember what God and others have done for us and be a thankful people.
Pastor Ron Jones