Gratitude is a big thing as a Christian. Scripture tells us to be thankful in all circumstances. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Given we are facing a housing and cost of living crisis at this present time, I know I am thankful for a roof over my head and a fridge full of food. I’m thankful I have a bed to sleep in every night so I can stay warm. Many people don’t even have these basics.
I’m thankful I have a family that cares about my well-being. It would be very difficult to live in this world without family looking out for your best intentions. Surviving on your own is not easy, to say the least.
I’m involved in community work as a Justice of the Peace. As a JP, I’m serving the public by signing documents that require a qualified witness. I’m thankful I can help others as a volunteer. I was recently asked a question about being a Justice of the Peace. I was asked, why I did what I did, and what was the point. My answer was simple, it brings me satisfaction to help people when they need it.
It’s Scriptural to help others. Jesus said, “Love Thy Neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31) This means treating people the same way as you would like to be treated, with love.
Jesus himself also said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
The Apostle Paul went through a lot of suffering during his ministry. He was flogged, beaten with rods, shipwrecked, stoned and he was imprisoned. (2 Corinthians 23:28) Although Paul suffered greatly during his time on earth, he was still thankful and showed gratitude. He was a true man of God.
Ask yourself, what can you be thankful for?