Ever have one of those days where you wish you could just start over?
One of those days when you get annoyed and yell at the kids, or fight with your spouse over something totally insignificant, or fly into a rage when someone cuts you off in the car and then take your anger out on someone else? I am totally having one of those days today. I’m not sure why I am in such a state…maybe a bit of underlying stress that is eating away under the surface of my consciousness, compounded by a few small incidents with people, and voila…. my true self rears its ugly head! And now it’s evening, and as I reflect on the events of the day, I wish I could take back my reactions, and just start again.
And then I come to scripture and the passage I am reading is on thanksgiving, of all topics! Why not the earth opening and swallowing up the Israelites or something?
It is realistic, or even possible, to expect people to offer thanksgiving and praise to God regardless of the frustrations of each day?
There are a lot of scriptures that talk about giving thanks.
- “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing” (1 Thess. 2:13)
- “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His love endures forever” (Ps. 136:1)
- “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because he counted me faithful…” (1 Tim. 2:12)
Giving thanks has many benefits including: readjusting our frame of mind; forcing us to look at the ‘bigger picture’; magnifying the Lord; and paving the way for prayer and the peace of God.
I’d like to think that I, through the power of the Holy Spirit, could go more than a few hours without anger and frustration, but some days, it just doesn’t happen! I suppose those are the times when I need the ‘enabling’ power of God that is mentioned in the verse in 1st Timothy, above. That’s where I am today, coming back to God each time I fail, and feeling thankful that through God’s grace, each time is a fresh start.