It often feels like the world is conspiring to make us less and less thankful for the many blessings God gives us. We have so much to be thankful for! We enjoy material abundance, the gift of living in this part of Melbourne, fellowship with our brothers and sisters at Berwick Anglican Church, and above all, the love and grace and eternal life God has lavished on us in Jesus Christ! But I often find myself overlooking all these wonderful things, and if I’m not careful can become grumpy by focusing on one or two small problems in my life.
If gratitude drains from our hearts, we become more cynical, more complaining and more discouraged. Our perspective can become warped, we can lose hope and fail to see things as they really are. We start to focus on what we don’t have and forget all the great things we already possess.
But this should not happen to Christian people! As Paul reminds us in First Thessalonians; ‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus’ (NIV 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
A good practice of prayer is to review each day in the evening, and then thank God for three things that you are grateful for from the day. As per the advice in Thessalonians, doing so will build gratitude in your heart, train you to be thankful in all circumstances, and help you to be joyful always.
Why not take a moment now to prayerfully give thanks to God for three things you are thankful for at Berwick Anglican Church?
Rev. Ben Soderlund