Whenever you hear the words “ I don’t mean to offend you but…”brace yourself because you just about know what’s going to follow.
Recently, I was hit with a question that included one of those famous pre-cursors.
“Why is it Christians only thank their God when things are going good for them?”
“Of course I don’t mean you Sonja. But you know, the other ones”.
I’m thinking why is she always asking me these kinds of questions when she has consistently expressed her lack of interest in becoming one of His believers.
But since she’s my friend I decided to engage the question.
A better question may be: Why are some people thankless period unless things are going their way?
The look on her face and the silence that followed said it all.
I explained that although I couldn’t directly answer either of the questions. I can say what I suspect;
Being thankful might have a lot to do with contentment.
Actually, I don't have a sense of needing anything personally. I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. Philippians 4:11-13 The Message Bible
In my experience, those that are thankful are also content. So when circumstances change for better or worse this level of thankfulness is easily conveyed. They have mastered being content.
Being thankful shouldn’t be limited to what we have or haven’t. It’s much deeper than that. Embrace contentment and perhaps thankfulness will follow. This philosophy can hold true for anyone. No matter your religious belief.
One of the greatest benefits to having a diversity of friends and associates is it makes for great conversation. Much insight can be acquired and gained from differing perspectives.
One thing I can say is that I am thankful for is my circle of friends, associates and family members. Not all think or believe like I do.
The bond between those I choose to fellowship with is a commonality in morals and values. This too can vary from time to time. But overall, I have been blessed and for that I am thankful.
I look forward to the next time I am with my friend. I am sure she is praying, although she may not call it that, to come up with another question for the sole purpose of stumping me. But I will be ready cause I’m going to ask God to prepare me ahead of time. I believe that He will. Then again maybe He won’t. Nevertheless, I’m content either way so I’m thanking Him in advance.
Sonja Burketh, Inspirational Speaker and Writer
Founder of Daily Moment of Thought online devotional.
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