In everything give thanks.

I meet with a group of ladies every Tuesday night for Bible study. We have been meeting together for over 5 years. Our classes vary in length from 5 weeks to 12, depending on the study. We tend to lean toward Beth Moore because her studies have great depth and allow for introspection. This time, our fearless leader Kathy chose a study by Kelly Minter called Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break. Throughout the sessions she shares videos from one of many trips she has taken to the Amazon. The stories she shares of the people she has encountered brings me to tears. She spoke of one woman whose husband died so she adopted his son and her sister died so she adopted her children as well. The woman has 3 boys and lives in a makeshift hut that consists of four poles covered by a plastic tarp. She loves the Lord and worships Him faithfully regardless of her circumstances.
How many time per day do we complain? I am guilty of complaining multiple times per day about things that are just silly (traffic, annoying customers, long lines). I want to live a life of gratitude. What does that look like?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” In these verses, Paul reminds us to give thanks in everything. Instead of complaining when we are inconvenienced or something doesn’t go our way, we are called to look for the good in what we are going through?

That extra moment in line at the store is a moment when we can pray for a friend in need.
That extra 20 minutes in traffic is 20 minutes we can offer worship to the Lord.

My challenge over the next month is to try not to complain. I issue the same challenge to you and welcome your feedback on your progress!


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