UCOG Blog Logo
News and views from the German-language region of Europe

August 4, 2017

Being thankful no matter what

Filed under Sabbath Thoughts

Is it easy for us to think of everything that is positive for us as Christians? Or do we sometimes have difficulty thinking of things to be thankful for?

The apostle Paul exhorts us: "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things" (Philippians 4:8).

Did you notice that in Paul's list there isn't a single sad thought? No complaints. No griping. No denial. Paul's exhortation to the Philippians is an exhortation for us all. How often do we heed his admonition? A lack of thankfulness can prevent us from "meditating on these things".

Have we developed the habit of thankfulness? Are our prayers to God full of praise and thanksgiving, or are we constantly badgering him with our desires and demands? We can examine ourselves the next time we are on our knees in prayer.

The apostle Paul suffered many things, perhaps more than any other disciple of his time. Nevertheless, his letters are filled with praise and thanksgiving. Paul had learned – as we all must learn – to be content, no matter what the current situation might be. How was Paul able to do that? He knew that God's spirit would empower him to cope with whatever came his way.

If we have the same attitude, then no matter what happens to us – whether we are sick or healthy, rich or poor – we can get down on our knees and tell God: "Thank you, heavenly Father, for your mercy. Thanks for your love and kindness, and a special thanks for your patience with me."

With these thoughts I wish everyone a rewarding Sabbath!

Paul Kieffer's blog with personal insights and news from the German-language region in Europe.


internal links:


search blog: