As Christians, we have a lot to be thankful for. It’s true that “fighting the good fight of faith” is not easy, (1 Timothy 6:12) and “many will persecute you and hate you and say all manner of evil against you for your faith’s sake“, (Matthew 5:11) but still, over all, you are blessed. It can be easy to get lost in the trials of Christianity and the hardships of life and loose our heart of appreciation for all that God does for us. This is the enemies plan as he knows that a thankful heart is key to having effective prayers, so make it a point to stop and count those blessings daily. As you are reminding yourself of them, and thanking Him for them, your faith will grow and your worries will shrink.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
Even when it’s hard to see the blessings in the midst of life’s current trials we still have so much to be thankful for as Christians. Even when we can’t understand what He is doing we can still be thankful for what He has already done. Think on this, though unworthy, we have been adopted by the King of Kings and granted great mercy, power, and authority. Jesus Christ willingly came here, was shamed, rejected, hated, spat upon, beat, cursed, and crucified to save us because He loves us that much, even when we didn’t love Him back. We couldn’t ask for a sweeter love story then the one of how our Jesus pursued us and selflessly gave all to win our hearts and save us from our abusive infatuation with Satan himself. Though we were so undeserving of His love, pain and efforts, He still chose us. Though we were ugly, beauty chose us. Though we were vial, purity chose us. Though we were nothing, royalty chose us… and that is worthy of appreciation.
Taking time to regularly remember and meditate on these things will restore and strengthen your heart of appreciation toward God, and in turn bring joy to your life, passion to your relationship with Christ, and power to your prayers.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18