“…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul gives a list of instructions to help the believers grow in their faith.
He encourages them to be filled with Spirit.
Challenges them not to get drunk on wine.
Tells them to sing songs and psalms to one other.
And pushes them to sing and make music in their heart to the Lord.
But at the end of this section of his letter, Paul challenges them at a deeper level.
He tells them to give thanks for everything.
Not just the big things.
Not just the obvious things.
Not just the typical family, friends, and neighbors who push them to be better.
Not just the blessings of God.
Not just the paycheck, bank account, and American dream.
And all the time.
He wants us to give thanks for the sunrise and the sunset.
The grass and the flowers.
The summer and the winter.
The food on our table and the lightbulb in our lamp.
The heat that keeps us warm and the spider catching flies.
The people who bless us and those who curse us.
The good times and the bad.
The miracle we’ve been praying for and the blessing that goes almost unseen.
Everything in our lives, both big and small, should be a source of thanks.
Every aspect of our lives is a gift from God
And everything is worthy of thanks.
Even when it seems too small to bother God with.
When we begin thanking Him for the little things, when we praise Him for the mundane, when we pour out gratitude for those things we easily pass by without noticing, it develops thanksgiving within us.
A heart of thanksgiving changes us.
Gives us a bigger perspective.
And draws us closer to God.
God desires a heart that always gives thanks for everything in our lives.
Whether big or small.
So, my brothers and sisters, as you journey towards Thanksgiving this week, may you be reminded that everything is a gift from God. May you find yourself thanking Him for everything in your life. And may you, as you develop a heart of thanksgiving, find Him drawing you closer than ever before.
What small thing can you thank God for today?