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Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.  (1Thessalonians 5:18)

Another translation reads “Give thanks in every circumstance …”  What if we made it our aim to do that today?  What if we are actively thankful for each and every thing that happens today?  And then what if we add tomorrow to today; and then the next day after that and the next day after that?  What would our lives be like?  What would the lives of those around us be like?

Suppose the first thing we do when we wake up is to take a few minutes and think about just some of those things that make us happy?  Think how you might feel inside if you do the same thing at night just before you fall asleep?

For sure, we will grow in faith because it takes faith to be thankful in every circumstance.  Think how strong our faith will become as we give thanks over and over again, especially when our natural inclination is to do just the opposite?

Also, think about how quiet we will become inside as we fill our minds with good thoughts, thankful thoughts, happy thoughts.  Wonder at silencing much of the chatter that howls through our minds like autumn winds through leafless trees.  Better yet, contemplate driving away the enemy who prowls about like a roaring  lion.

monolakewidesunrisesinemacropemail150dpiIf we simply choose to be thankful, we can become very different people, better people; but what if we take it a step further and add joy to thanksgiving?  What if we choose to rejoice always?  What if we choose to delight in every circumstance? What will happen then?

Peace will happen, deep peace, peace that passes understanding.  Peace that cannot be explained, only experienced.  The kind of peace that changes the atmosphere around us; peace that is so pervasive you can cut it with a knife.  First in us and then in those around us.  Heavenly peace!


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