Teaching God's Word with Love...
(Elder Florence M. Johnson)
In Everything, Give Thanks
My grandchildren delight me with their company and conversation. One phrase they use frequently is “Thank you.” They say it when I give them cookies, praise their accomplishments, read bedtime stories and compliment their abilities. I love my grandchildren simply because they exist; still, hearing the words thank you warms my heart in ways I can barely describe. It is the sweetest icing on this granny’s cake and I never tire of hearing them say it.
God wants to hear His children say “Thank You,” too.
Giving thanks to God is a form of praise (Psalm 107:1), brings us peace (Philippians 4:6-7), and lets God know how grateful we are for His help in times of trouble (Psalm 30:11-12). We can thank Him for our food, our clothes, our church, and our lives. Jesus Himself thanked God during His last supper on earth, knowing He would soon die on the cross (Matthew 26:27-28) for the remission of our sins. Jesus knew then as we should all know now: in every situation we can and should thank God.
Let’s replace every urge to whine and complain with the urge and action of thanking God instead. Let every day be our Thanksgiving Day, to Him.
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
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