Giving Thanks in All Circumstances

By Fadia Jolag

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

It seemed like a typical Monday, or so I thought. I had taken the day off work that day for some appointments. So I got in my car early that morning to go to my first appointment. I hadn’t gone too far when I found myself in a car accident. The person at fault apologized and confessed that they had a lot on their mind that morning. Thankfully, we were both unharmed and the car damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

At first sight, there was probably nothing to give thanks for in that circumstance. It wasn’t my fault that the person hit me and I ended up spending the day dealing with getting the car fixed instead of getting to my appointments. It was a waste of what could have been a very productive day. But when I really think about it, there are some things that I’m thankful for. I’m thankful that the accident happened close to home, at a stop sign, and no one got hurt. I’m thankful that the car got repaired. I’m thankful that I contained my anger and didn’t say something that could have made the person feel even worse than they already did. I’m thankful to be alive and well.

I believe that when Paul said to “give thanks in all circumstances,” he was saying that things could be worse but they are not, so let’s be thankful. Look for the good in every situation because only then will you be able to give thanks in all circumstances, which is “God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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