When Mark Twain was the most well-known and respected writer in the United States, he was paid $5.00 for every word he wrote. Someone sent him a note which said, “Dear Mr. Twain, please send me your best word,” and enclosed a $5.00 bill in the envelope. Mark Twain sent back a one-word response…“Thanks!”
Thanks really was Mark Twain’s favorite word!
In today’s passage from I Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul encourages us to give thanks in all circumstances. Notice that Paul doesn’t say, “Give thanks for all circumstances!” The reason we give thanks is that God is with us in all circumstances! We give thanks that the same God who raised Jesus from the dead, and who guided us in the past, will guide us in the future. We give thanks that we are not alone in this challenging situation … God is with us! Even when we feel that God has abandoned us, and forgotten us… God is with us!
5 Minutes of Thanks!
- Write down 10 things for which you are thankful and tell God how grateful you are for them.
A Hand-Written Note
When I ask members of the millennial generation about the things they cherish, I am surprised that many of them mention “hand written notes.” Hand written notes of encouragement or thanks are SO RARE that young people cherish them…people of all ages do too! Consider writing a hand-written note to someone for whom you are grateful today. Maybe your note will be to someone with whom you will have Thanksgiving dinner. Keep the note short … but do it today! It might just change their life …and yours!