Are we thankful people?
Many of us would automatically say, "Yes!" But here is the challenge - when life is 'good', it is not difficult to be thankful. However, when we are in the trials of everyday life, or a traumatic event, suddenly, being thankful is not so easy, and we can become thankless.
People do not like going through trials, however, often our character, disposition, and attitude are tested and refined through such experiences.
The definition of 'thankful' - happy or grateful because of something.
The definition of 'thankless' - unlikely to be appreciated.
How do we remain thankful instead of being thankless, in challenging times?
- Pray - prayer is powerful,
- step back and adjust expectations,
- celebrate tiny steps forward,
- choose to smile when you see a sunrise or sunset,
- hold onto joy (not happiness),
- cling to the Lord - call on Him, communicate with Him, sing to Him, worship Him,
- seek out grateful people and be around them,
- write down three things you are grateful for each day,
- read Scripture.
1 Corinthians 1:4-6 provides insight into where Paul expresses his gratitude and thankfulness for the Corinthian believers, who have been enriched by God’s grace and gifts in Christ.
When we pray for people, regardless of their situation, 1 Corinthians 1:4-6 is a passage that you can include to show thankfulness to God for those in your life, especially our Christian brothers and sisters.
Thankfulness is a choice. We can choose to be thankful or thankless. Regardless of the circumstances each of us might currently be undergoing, we still have a choice.
If we are to make a change, then being thankful regardless of circumstances, is a conscious decision. I am not saying that what we go through is not real; it's often very painful and difficult. However, the challenge for us is to check our attitudes and choose to not become offended or bitter. If you are around a thankless person, there is bitterness and offense. When you are around a person, who is undergoing trials, yet chooses to be thankful, you are refreshed and have joy, hope, and peace.
The challenge today: are you a thankful OR a thankless person?
How might you show you are thankful today?