Monday, February 09, 2009

Thankfulness In All Circumstances

I just had breakfast with a friend of mine. He and I act as accountability partners to one another. I help him to stay on track in life and he does the same to me.

He happens to be in a difficult season at work right now. He is having to travel pretty much every week for about a 3 month stretch. This is putting an increasing strain on his marriage and family life at home.

I have been there. It is very difficult to travel like is exhausting because you have to be "on" all the time as you are with clients for much of the day. Then it is back to the hotel to catch up on work that needs done. Then it's back up the next morning to do it again. When there is tension at home it makes it that much more difficult.

What he said to me this morning was, "I am just very thankful I have this job and I am going to do the best I can and trust God that He is going to bless me and my family through this."

That is a great attitude.

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


sharilyn said...

thanks for the reminder. this is something i am continually applying myself to develop in my own life--gratitude, especially in the not-so-obviously-good things and places in life. i believe it really is key to depth in our relationship with God. He truly is good..

Jim Lange said...

Sharilyn, thanks for the great encouragement! As I was writing this it was a great reminder to me also of how important this is to practice in my own life. I realized how often I do not do this. I really am a work in progress!

Have a great day!