Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father. Ephesians 5:20
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:18
This is something I posted on Facebook over a year ago. I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed again with so much going on right now, and I needed this reminder. I hope it may speak to your heart as well.
A never ending “to do” list, health problems, family issues, an overflowed toilet, crayon on the walls… the list can go on and on. It seems like there are too many demands and so little time. It’s easy to get caught up in life’s trials and irritations and become ugly (What? Am I the only one?!). But it’s all part of this crazy, wonderful life we are given.
When we grumble and complain (which Philippians 2:14 tells us not to do), and have a negative attitude, we have fallen asleep to God’s beauty, good, and blessings all around us. Robert Louis Stevenson got it right when he said, “The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.” If we truly believe God is sovereign… that He is over all, and in control of all, we cannot help but rejoice. Maybe not in the overflowed toilet – but in Him, and the transforming work He is doing in us.
Don’t fall asleep to life today. Wake up to all God has for you in this day, every minute detail of it. I dare you. Be thankful for all of it. Carpe Diem! It may even make you do cartwheels – or at least wish you could!