Today we intentionally practice what is perhaps the most important discipline any of us could exercise in for the happiness we all seek.
Don’t be anxious or worry, but talk to God with thanksgiving. Right in the middle of the circumstances which are problematic enough to hold the potential for anxiety and worry, give thanks. Not thanks for the trouble, but for the faithfulness of the One that walks with us through the valley. The One who is Faithful. His faithfulness is never more evident than in our faith and our faith is only faith when it doesn’t require satisfaction of our desires first before thanksgiving.
Then, when we are thankful even in the middle of our junk, we can experience true joy. We don’t have to stay in the funk that can accompany the tough stuff. All of this is right out of Philippians 4; a practical “how-to” guide for experiencing Joy.
If there is one area that I battle most frequently, it’s this one. It’s the contentment and joy of living with thanksgiving in the moment. All too often, I allow the potential troubles or even opportunities which are just around the corner to occupy my focus and steal my joy. When I stop to give thanks in the present, there is a shift. Even knowing that, I mess that up way too much.
I am so thankful and joyful that I know the love of a Father who loves me unconditionally. I am thankful for the parents who raised me to walk into His love and for my bride whom I can serve in a way that puts His Glory in her on display. I am thankful for my children who will impact the generations that follow with His blessings. I am thankful for friends that we walk through life with. I don’t want to do this deal alone.
I am thankful for the abundance of joy available in the simple act of thanksgiving. Thank You, Dad.