Pastor Don's Devotion
November 22, 2019
"More Gratitude Means Less Stress"
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 18 NKJV
No, you’re not mistaken. You read this verse yesterday, but in a different version. Here’s a little different thought for you. Some people view life as a series of hills and valleys. The hills are the good times and the valleys are the bad times. In their thought system, those two things never meet together. But that’s rarely how life works most of the time.
There is rarely a time in life when everything is good or everything is bad. No matter how good your life seems to be, there will be things you need to work on. No matter how difficult life gets, you always have something to thank God for.
Did notice the verse doesn’t say to give thanks for everything. It says "in everything give thanks." There’s a world of difference between thanking God for everything and thanking God in everything.
You don’t have to be thankful that you have some dreaded disease or that someone has died. That’s just contrary to nature and contrary to God. He is actually saddened when we are ill or we miss loved ones. Isn’t that one of the reasons He sent Jesus into the world to heal us from our sin sickness?
But you can be thankful for something at all times in your life. You can always find a blessing in your life to be thankful for. For the last several weeks in church we have been reading from Philippians 4.
We heard from Paul that when we’re stressed and worried about something in life we should, “ask God for what you need, always asking Him with a thankful heart” (Phil. 4: 6 GNT).
Grateful people are less stressed. It doesn’t mean they don’t suffer from problems but it’s harder to be stressed and grateful at the same time.
Gratitude gets your eyes off yourself and onto others. It helps you to stop looking at what you don’t have and look at what you do have. That’s the difference between grateful and ungrateful people. Making that choice can lead to less stress.
Peace in the Lord,