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Fortunate Friday

Updated: Dec 28, 2018

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

This morning, I was reading over my notes from a sermon my Pastor gave a few weeks ago on Thanksgiving. One of the last points he made resonated deepest with me.

Being thankful is a choice.

That simple sentence has embedded itself in my mind and thoughts for the last few weeks. We have to choose to be thankful. It's not something we just are. And we have to choose to be thankful each and every day.

As I was flipping through the New Testament, I noticed a trend in the beginning of each chapter. Most of them began with the writer giving thanks to God. This is something we should become more aware of.

In His word, God has instructed us to be thankful.

" every situation, by prayer and petition, with THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

Now, I get it. Life gets busy and we forget to be thankful for things that have become a part of our daily routine. It's not easy to sit each and every morning and list out ALL of the things we are thankful for, but it's not that hard to wake up and simply say, "Thank you Lord." After all, He is the reason we woke up that day.

Although, I do think we should take more time here and there to really dig deep and thank Him for what we truly are blessed with.

So, I present to you: Fortunate Fridays!

I'm challenging myself, and you, to make a list every Friday and just thank God for all that He has provided for you. If you can only think of one or two things, that's okay! It's still something to be thankful for.

Obviously, it may be hard to list every little thing, so just write down what happens to be on your heart that morning.

This morning, as I made my list, I realized how difficult this activity can be, simply because we take for granted so many small things that other people aren't as fortunate to have. For example, it took me forever to think to be thankful for clean drinking water. However, as my mind flashed back to my time in Nicaragua, when they warned that we could not drink ANY of the water in the country because it was all contaminated, my heart broke and I realized that that was something I definitely needed to include on my list.

Thank you Jesus that we are allowed to wake up and pour ourselves a glass of clean water to consume and keep our bodies hydrated and refreshed.

And so, I challenge you to join me. After you make your list, present it to the Lord and just thank Him. He is the reason you are fortunate to be able to enjoy all of these things in life. We can all find something to be thankful for, even if it's just the breath in our lungs.

Once you start to live your life in a thankful way, you will see your attitude begin to slowly change. Instead of being bitter, you will learn to enjoy the little things in life. Think of how you feel on Thanksgiving, when you are surrounded by the ones you love, or even just taking time by yourself to relax and take time off from responsibility. It's a great feeling, right?

What if we could have this feeling most days? We are given a chance to live in this world, and to be walking examples of Christ's love for us. That in itself should be more than enough of a reason to be thankful.

As you begin to be thankful, you will start to experience a peace like you may not have felt before. And, even more importantly, other people will start to notice a change in you. They will wonder how you can be so joyous in times that may seem stressful, or busy. What a simple way to testify about our walk with the Lord!

So try it with me. And be thankful. You WILL see a difference.


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