Gratitude- It's Contagious!
'In everything give thanks...' 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV
Author Barbara Johnson was frazzled; she was running late, and on the bus to work she had to stand. Her attitude was going downhill fast when a cheery voice from the front of the bus announced, 'Beautiful day, isn't it?' She couldn't see the man, but she listened to his commentary as he described the lovely scenery, this church, that park, a cemetery, a firehouse. His grateful attitude lightened the mood of everybody around him. Then as Johnson got off the bus she caught a glimpse of the speaker: an average-looking man wearing dark glasses and carrying a white stick! Paul said, 'In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God.' We don't thank God for trials, we thank Him in them. Gratitude is like a boomerang. It blesses the recipient, enables a 180-degree turn and blesses the person who gives thanks. Whatever the crisis in your life, God is prepared for it and has made sure you are equipped to endure it. Many other people have experienced exactly what you're going through. Some have made it through victoriously. No matter what the temptation God promised to 'make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it' (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV). Every trial has its escape route. They are inseparable. But the devil doesn't want you to know that. Every time you're in the middle of a test, he insists there's no way out. So when the devil is really on your case, piling on the pressure, that's an indication the way of escape is close at hand. We need to do what God says: rejoice! Remember: 'The joy of the Lord is your strength' (Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV). When you continue to give thanks and have His joy, it gives you strength for the journey.