“In Every Thing Give Thanks” by Pastor Tom

The leaves are changing to their state of bright colors before they fall to the ground. The warm temperatures that we have enjoyed for the last six months are beginning to fall as well. Maybe that is where the term “Fall” comes from to describe the season that is sandwiched between Summer and Winter. Another name for the season, especially in the month of November, is the “Thanksgiving” season. When we stop to think of all the good things that God has given us, it is not hard to find something to be thankful for. But what about when things aren’t going so well, then what? Should we choose to be unthankful? That is not what the Bible tells us. It says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Wow, in EVERY thing! Look in your Bible and find the book of Acts, chapter 16 and you will find a story of Paul and Silas who were in prison for sharing their faith. Notice in verse 25, “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and SANG PRASES UNTO GOD:”. What? That was so amazing, that they could be thankful even when they were in jail! They were happy to know that God was in control and that He would care for them no matter where they were. We can have the same kind of faith as they did if we trust God in good times and in our hard times as well.

I have a “In Every Thing Give Thanks” challenge for you this Thanksgiving season. Take a piece of paper and write “The Good” at the top of the page and then the letters THANKS on the left margin like a list. Underneath start another column for “The Hard” with THANKS under it. I will help you get started with an example. The Good – T is for “Thanksgiving Day” because of the good food and family time. The Hard – T is for “tests” because they help me to trust God more as I pray for His wisdom to guide me. Now its your turn. Give it a try. If you need help, ask your mom or dad. It might make a great family activity. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, no matter what!

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