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11/18/2017
Perspectives: Thankfulness is a choice

By DOUG EDWARDS

Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Holidays in Ketchikan can be anything but relaxing. There seems to be a continual push to move from one busy holiday to another. For example, we are still five days away from Thanksgiving and already the retail stores are being filled up with Christmas goodies. We have developed a mentality of getting through holidays rather than being blessed by them. This was not the intent when Thanksgiving was established as a national holiday. It was because we have much to be thankful for. Somewhere along the way, our nation has forgotten its roots.

God has called His people to be a thankful people even if we live in a thankless society.  It is not just a good idea but the will of God. We are called to be different. We are to be thankful regardless of the circumstances. Through Christ we can see beyond the current circumstance to the glory that will be ours for eternity.  God even uses difficult times to bring out His very best in us.

Nurture a thankful heart. You can choose to see things from God’s perspective and influence those around you. As you do you will be a valuable witness for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Doug Edwards is pastor of First Baptist Church.

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Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.