A Few Thoughts on Giving Thanks, No Matter What

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18, King James Version

I’m not big on holidays, but I do enjoy Thanksgiving. Not just because of the food, but because it’s a time to take a breather and simply give thanks to God for the many blessings we have.

The past few years haven’t been easy for many of us. And it looks like things aren’t getting any better for some time to come. Our country didn’t get in the mess it’s in overnight. Any attempts to turn things around won’t happen overnight either.

I’m not going to suggest we sugar coat things and say things are better than what they are.

We get needed perspective on thankfulness from the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in the Scriptures. Notice that the verse says, “In everything give thanks.” It doesn’t say “For everything give thanks.”

Nonetheless, no matter what the situation, it’s possible to find something for which we can indeed be thankful. If nothing else, take time to be thankful for the basics–shelter, clothing, food and water.

Most of us in America live quite well compared to many people in poorer countries. We have a more comfortable lifestyle than our ancestors who lived 150 years ago or more.

Granted, it may not always be this way. As a prepper you know that.

But this isn’t just about material things. Be thankful you’re alive to read this right now. Each new day is a gift. In fact, as long as you’re breathing from minute to minute, you’re surviving, and there’s hope.

So remember, in everything give thanks.

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.