Gratitude is an important characteristic of the Christian life. When we say Thanks to God, we are recognizing what He has done for us. The problem is that we live in a world that turns our ego around. It is egocentrism and individualism that dominate our generation. We are educated to think that we got everything because we are good, or we worked hard, or we are capable.
This attitude, makes us think that we do not need God, therefore, we do not need to be thankful. We do not need to thank anybody, because what we have, we got by ourselves.
On the other hand, the Bible says that we must give thanks in all circumstances. This is what we find in a letter that the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonica Church. Here is the text: “ Be joyful always;  pray continually;  give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5: 16-17.”
This is not a defense of Masochism, the philosophy that says that the worst is better. A better definition would be: The enjoyment of what appears to be painful or tiresome. Or that I have to like bad things, NO!
What Paul is saying is totally different from this. He is saying that we should have a constant attitude of gratitude in our lives. He also says that this attitude is what God wants for us. It is His will. Let us see what why we should give thanks in all circumstances.
1- IT REVEALS OUR HEART
Paul is not saying that we should give thanks for all the problems and hard times that we have, even though, sometimes we should welcome some trials and tribulations, because they help us to see things in a different perspective.
He is saying that in the middle of our troubles we still can find good reasons to thank God. He wants us to find reasons to thank God. Even in the middle of our tribulations.
The circumstances of my life should not stop me from thanking God. Bad times and hard situations are part of our lives, not the whole life. Sometimes we pay too much attention to the problems that we are not able to see anything else. God should be praised and worshiped in every moment of our lives.
An attitude of gratitude reveals what is in our heart. The question that we should be asking is, is our heart in the little details of our life, or are we seeing the big picture?
My friend, I hope and pray that during this season you will be able to find gratitude in your heart for our wonderful and gracious God.
Have a blessed week,