Giving Thanks In Every Thing

Journal

Dear Friend,

Although God has been silent to me these few weeks, He has been faithful. Specifically, He reminded me of giving thanks through this sermon, other people, and most importantly, through His Word.


“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV (Emphasis added)



What struck me repeatedly was “In every thing”. How do I give thanks in every thing? Every thing covers both good and bad, big and little. Yes, it’s easy for me to give thanks for good things. But it’s difficult to always give thanks for them, let alone the bad things. I tend to murmur, which is the opposite of giving thanks. Complaining is being ungrateful. Ungrateful to Who? To God. And I’m guilty of this. Because it’s in my sinful nature to be ungrateful, God commanded that I must give thanks in every thing.


“… for this is the will of God …”



It’s His will that I should be grateful. Do you know what’s harder than giving thanks in every thing? Giving thanks from my heart. This is true gratefulness.

To truly give thanks means–

  1. I’m trusting Him wholly,
  2. I’m believing that God is always Who He is,
  3. I’ve surrendered every aspect of my life to Him,
  4. And that it’s His will.

Whereas, complaining shows that–

  1. I’m doubting Him,
    2. I don’t believe that God is always Who He is,
    3. I didn’t surrender every aspect of my life to Him,
    4. And that it’s my will, not His.

Ouch. I feel bad from reading the last points. Choosing between giving thanks and murmuring is choosing between acknowledging God and letting unbelief rule my life. However, it’s impossible for me to consistently choose the former because it’s against my sinful nature. But


“… in Christ Jesus …”




it is possible. Because He freed me from sin. And because I’m free, I can give thanks for Him freeing me, His faithfulness, His silence, His reminders, His mercies, my struggles, my sorrows, the new friends He gave, the old friends He took away, the sense of homelessness I have, the Home I will have, and so on.

Resulting in the fullness of joy and peace in Him no matter what circumstance I’m in. Then I’ll have two more things to be thankful for.


“To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.”

Psalm 30:12 KJV



Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train

P.S. If you have a paper and pen near you, write down each good and bad thing for this day. Most importantly, don’t forget to include His character.

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Clarissa is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she’d lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds, and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Peek into her Christian TCK Email Ministry. Or read more posts.

The Ticket

The Ticket


Dear Friend,

I accepted the Ticket. The Ticket that multitudes rejected. It came in my mail, sent by the Conductor. It had no class nor compartment number. At once, I left my house for the Train Station.

At the Platform, I observed four people present for the Train: the Conductor stood next to the Narrow Door of the Carriage, a woman stopped next to the Conductor, a man walked towards the woman, and I followed behind him. The woman gave her ticket to the Conductor. Upon seeing it, the Conductor shook His head disapprovingly. Furious that He rejected her fake ticket, she stomped off. Next, the Conductor checked the man’s ticket, and gestured for him to enter. The man carried bulky luggages in both hands. He tried to enter; howbeit, his bags prevented him to enter the Narrow Door. The Conductor shook His head. He requested the man to leave his baggage behind. Unwilling to part with his belongings, the man sadly left the Station.

I stepped forward and give my Ticket to the Conductor. Unlike the man, I carried one item tucked under my arm. It was the Book. He bid me to enter.


Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train

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Clarissa is a vessel used for Christ’s glory. Although she’d lived in four countries, Heaven is her only Home. She desires to sow His seeds, and to serve third culture kids, teens, and writers. Peek into her Christian TCK Email Ministry. Or read more posts.