Having an attitude of gratitude this Labor Day
September 7, 2009
…Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
--1 Thessalonians 5:18
If you live in America, you are blessed to live in one of the most wonderful nations in the world. But these are difficult times right now. And as we celebrate Labor Day, and the productivity of the American worker, I'm mindful of many who have lost jobs as a result of our troubled economy.
So today, if you're one of the many people across our nation who's lost their job, I want to bless you with some words that I pray will strengthen you and help you draw closer to God. And if you haven't lost your job, I hope these words are an encouragement for you as well.
The apostle Paul knew a thing or two about suffering and trials. And it was Paul who gave us today's verse while he was in prison suffering for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Isn't that amazing? From across the ages, Paul is coaching us from a dark and dingy cell, pointing us to the only source of true strength, hope, and provision.
Are you without a job? Then Paul says, "Give thanks." Do you have a job? Then give thanks! You see, in every circumstance, we are called to have humble hearts and grateful spirits.
This Labor Day, whether you are blessed with a job or are waiting on God's provision, it's time to be grateful. God is at work on your behalf. So give thanks!
IN EVERY CIRCUSTANCE, HAVE A HUMBLE HEART AND A GRATEFUL SPIRIT.
OUR THANKS TO YOU!
Do the words rested... peaceful... and refreshed describe you today? Or do the words stressed... rushed... and pressured better describe your way of life?
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