The Need for Thanksgiving
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 (NIV)
Such challenging words, written by Paul. As a mom, it is all too easy to slip into my everyday routine with a lackluster attitude, and forget to pray. At times, I fail to cultivate a heart and mindset of thanksgiving and resort to mentally whining and complaining. It is sad, but true. I fail each day in so many ways, but through Christ there is a better way, one that is hope filled, and full of joy.
With the Holy Spirit of Christ in me, I no longer have to live out my days in shame, fear, or defeat. I can authentically rejoice always, because my Salvation in Christ secures my eternity. My forever in Heaven with Jesus is a sealed deal.
I can pray continuously, and trust in the Holy Spirit to intercede and relay my needs and heart desires to His Holy Majesty. I can continue to seek Christ throughout the day, weighing my actions and motives against God's Word.
I can live with the freedom power of Thanksgiving pumping through my veins, and coursing my path unto His divine ways, plans, and purposes for me. And His purposes are good- plans to prosper and not to harm, plans that give me radiant hope and a brilliant, perfectly pieced future (Jeremiah 29:11).
Not all moments in motherhood, or life are happy ones, but as Christians, or "mini Christs" we are to exude His light. Like a stained glass window, we have been purposed to reflect and refract his light in unique and beautiful ways. So like Paul, I challenge you to live out 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:
Be joyful always,
Pray without ceasing,
Give Thanks in all circumstances.
For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.