Being Thankful, In All Things

By Serenity Beaumont, Spiritual Life Junior Division Head

Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   -Ephesians 5:20

Just a couple of days from now, we will all be sitting around a table holding the hands of our family and friends taking the special time celebrating Thanksgiving. As important as Thanksgiving is, we should be giving thanks every single day because we are blessed with so many things to be grateful for each day of our lives.

What does the Bible say about being grateful? Thankfulness is a prominent theme in the Bible. We see there are numerous of verses and passages in Scripture about giving thanks. But one that I really think surmounts them all is 1 Thessalonians 5:18 which says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Did you catch that? Give thanks in all circumstances. This verse tells us that thankfulness should be a way of life for us, naturally flowing from our hearts and mouths. It shouldn’t be something that we think about once a year.

One great example of someone who I believe sets a great example of showing her thankfulness is Ms. Findlay. Every class, she takes the time and gives us the opportunity to express our gratitude for anything and everything that has blessed us or made us happy that day. She has personally encouraged me not to take the little things for granted, but to be grateful for every blessing that comes my way.

I was able to ask Mr. Lane, our Director of Student Life, what Thanksgiving means to him personally. Being thankful to him means “being grateful for all the gifts we have received daily through people and opportunities.” He also took the time to tell me his own Thanksgiving family tradition which includes spending time with family and loved ones, and enjoying a wonderful quiche and delicious dessert, the very essence of Thanksgiving!

But why should we be thankful at all? Well because God is ultimately worthy of our thanksgiving. It is only right to credit Him for “every good and perfect gift” as it states in James 1:17. Expressing thankfulness helps us remember that God is in control. It reminds us of the bigger picture, that we belong to God, and that we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing, countless times a day.

As a community, I really challenge all of us to take the time every day to think about the little things God has blessed us with.

Happy Thanksgiving!