I know I’ve made the point before… but it’s hard to be thankful.
We can take things for granted real easy… we can feel we deserve with no problem… we can even take when we shouldn’t. But, waking up every morning with a thankful heart… that’s hard. So when Paul teaches (In Philippians 4:6):
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus
we might stop and scratch our head… ‘what does this mean?’
Well… in the first place it means that the closer we get to knowing God and putting God first in our lives… the more our wants and needs will jive with what God is providing for us. Once we see that the path of following God is filled with peace, and that our deepest needs can be met by God (maybe not in the way we planned)… we are likely to be full of thanksgiving.
Given all the options… I think I would rather be thankful and peaceful and, perhaps, a little surprised at what God provides rather than being thankless and pursuing all the things I think that I want want want.