This morning, I thought again about committing to live a life of gratitude. Could I become a person who reflects 1 Thessalonians 5:18 at all times? Consider it: Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
This is God’s will for us. How clear! How wonderful! But how?
I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal as a spiritual and mental health practice for years. You can start now. Each morning, write down five specific things you’re thankful for. Instead of complaining, thank God. Instead of wishing you were somewhere else, thank God. Instead of detesting another person, thank God for them because of how God uses that person to help you grow into maturity. Instead of seeing everything in a negative light, find the good. Find the divine. Find the truth that God works “all things for good.” This is a different, joyful way to live.