I just read a blog post about praise and worship. The author stated that we need to worship and praise our God daily, and thank Him…makes sense to me.
Some days that is a tall order, but if we can wrap our minds around God and His will for us…then the bad days won’t seem so bad anymore. The Word tells us that in all things by prayer and petition we should present our requests to God. That verse also says we are to be thankful.
To be honest, being thankful at times is tough…despite all that the Lord has given me it is to easy to focus on the bad things. I really dislike my job for instance, why does not matter. I thank God for this job that I “hate”. I was discussing this with a friend recently and her comment was that I should be thankful to God for this job…period. And she was right, as I thought about what she said…this job provides a home to live in, food to eat, clothes to wear, and anything else we need. It also allows us to give to the Lord.
There are if we would just stop and think about it so many things to be thankful for.
Number one would be that because Christ loves us, we are forgiven our sins and given eternal life as gift! How cool is that…and no matter how bad your day was you still have this precious gift.
How about these things that we should be thankful for;
Family, church family, the Word of God, a God who hears our prayers, a God who loves us, A God who died for us, pastors, teachers, food to eat, our homes, vehicles to drive, being able to give and bless others, music, writing, the great outdoors, rainbows, this list could go on forever!
How about the Apostle Paul, and all the things that happened to him and he was still thankful to God and worshipped Him non-stop. Paul was nearly killed several times, was shipwrecked, beaten, jailed…and he suffered all things gladly for the Lord. Wow, and I think life is hard now! Paul is a great example of how we should conduct ourselves in life.
The best example of all of course is Christ Himself. If Jesus who was and is God thought that it was important to pray, and always obeyed His Father…should we not do the same?
Take a moment each day and praise the Lord for what He has done for you. Be thankful to God with a sincere heart. For you are a new creation in Christ, His workmanship that He will finish at the end of days.