«Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place» (2 Corinthians 2:14).
DURING A VIGIL held in the month of January, a church member began to express her gratitude to the Lord: «I thank God because this past year, even though all the members of my family were out of work, we never lacked any food to eat.»
A young woman, motivated by that powerful testimony, added her own: «Even though I didn’t have a job all year, God solved a serious family problem that I had.»
Then another voice added: «I thank God because my mother has just died, and her only request was to not die suffocated by her asthma. She died in her sleep and left this world in peace.»
All the testimonies I heard that evening improved my attitude. God is pleased with His faithful children who know How to thank Him for the victories He provides, even though at times they do not seem to be victories. Living with gratefulness helps us to discern the blessings that the Lord bestows upon us even in our worst moments.
Why do we sometimes insist on continuing to dig the well of hopelessness? Why don’t we make the decision to change our attitude, allowing thankfulness as a way of life to take the lead? «Nothing tends more to promote health of body and of soul than does a spirit of gratitude and praise. It is a positive duty to resist melancholy, discontented thoughts and feelings—as much a duty as it is to pray. If we are heaven-bound, how can we go as a band of mourners, groaning and complaining all along the way to our Father’s house?
«Those professed Christians who are constantly complaining, and who seem to think cheerfulness and happiness a sin, have not genuine religion» The Ministry of Healing, ch. 18, p. 251).
Legend has it that a student traveled a long way to fetch water for his old master. After several days of walking, he found water and brought it with him. His master drank it with delight and expressed his gratitude. Another student also tasted the water, spit it out, and exclaimed, «This tastes bad! Why did you thank him for chat filthy water?’ The old man replied, «You tasted the water, but I savored the gift.» Let us savor the gifts that God gives us every day. Let us thank Him.