Even when we are living with uncertainty and anxiety we are admonished to live with an attitude of thanksgiving: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with , present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6). Our Lord wants us to choose thanksgiving as a lifestyle, not an occasional event.
Thanksgiving as a lifestyle allows us to:
-Live with optimism as we remember always the faithfulness of God and His amazing goodness to us
-Push back fear and anxiety as we are reminded of who God is and of His power to deal with our situation
-Live with joy every day as we are constantly reminded of all He has done and the promises He has given
-Be people of hope who infect others with hope
-Live with extraordinary faith as we reflect on His work in our lives in the past
A lifestyle of thanksgiving starts with a choice to continually and daily thank God for all He has done. That choice soon becomes a habit and that habit has a profound impact on our emotions, our joy, our outlook on life and how we view even the most difficult circumstances. And, it is infectious to those around us as we become purveyors of hope and faith.
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