Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord.
This is what the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Philippi in Philippians 3:1 as he was preparing to explain the value of our relationship with Christ. I particularly like his exhortation because he says we can rejoice in the Lord in the midst of whatever happens!
In Romans 8:28, Paul wrote,
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day regardless of their faith. But Christians can be especially thankful because we are assured that because we are in Christ, all things do, in fact, work together for our good.
We often hear about the blessings that are available to us in Christ. But on this Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to remind you that there are natural benefits available to everyone who is thankful.
Secular articles I’ve recently read have pointed to the fact that being thankful can:
- make us more patient and better able to make sensible decisions
- improve the number and quality of our relationships
- enhance our feelings of empathy toward others
- reduce our aggression
- improve our ability to sleep
- improve our confidence and self-esteem
- boost our immune systems
- lower our stress levels
- lower the intensity of emotional and physical pain
- increasing our happiness
- improve our circulatory systems
- help our autonomic nervous system function well
We are all made in the image and likeness of God. So all of us, regardless of our faith, can receive great benefits by embracing the core purpose of this Thanksgiving Day — being thankful.
I am grateful for you.