Let us give thanks, in all moments, in every season, all the time. If we do, here are some of the benefits we will begin to observe.
Thankful pastors preach with humility instead of condescension.
Thankful counselors observe small progress and celebrate genuine growth.
Thankful husbands take time to honor their wife’s sacrificial service rather than taking her for granted.
Thankful wives spend time praising God for their husbands rather than complaining about him.
Thankful fathers encourage their children instead of just correcting them.
Thankful mothers enjoy little moments of joy with their children.
Thankful church members make their pastors’ work a joy and not a burden.
Thankful evangelists speak with a winsome spirit rather than an arrogant heart.
Thankful children (and children-in-law) look for ways to honor their parents.
Thankful parents (and parents-in-law) find unexpected joys in their adult children.
Thankful singles enjoy the undivided (1 Cor 7.) focus and opportunities of the season of singleness.
Thankful friends are not always comparing new friends to old friends.
It is sobering to consider these roles without the habit of thankfulness. Pride, selfishness, presumption, complaining—these flourish in the thankless heart.
Let us give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let us give thanks always and for everything through Jesus Christ, knowing that all things work together for good for those that love him, and that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning and great is his faithfulness.