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The Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude for Gratitude. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 encourages believers to,

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

As I reflect on this verse, I am reminded of a time in my life when living out these words seemed particularly challenging.

 

My Low Point

 

Dropping out of college was a low point, especially as I witnessed my friends graduate ahead of me.

The darkness of the situation made it difficult to find reasons for rejoicing or to give thanks.

Yet, in that seemingly bleak season, I learned a valuable lesson about the resilience of faith and the unfolding of God’s plan.

 

Now, as we approach the holiday season, this lesson takes on new meaning.

 

It serves as a reminder that even when circumstances appear dark or do not go as planned, there is an opportunity to embrace an attitude of thanksgiving.

Just as my journey led to unexpected turns, we may find ourselves in situations that challenge our festive spirit.

It is precisely in these moments that the directive to “give thanks in all circumstances” gains relevance.

 

The holiday season often magnifies personal struggles and intensifies feelings of loneliness or disappointment.

 

However, the call to rejoice, pray continually, and give thanks is a timeless prescription for navigating through such times. This attitude of gratitude becomes a beacon of light, guiding us through the darkest nights.

As we gather with loved ones during the holidays, let us carry this spirit of thanksgiving, even when circumstances seem imperfect.

Embracing gratitude does not negate the challenges but transforms our perspective.

We can choose to see setbacks as setups for something greater, just as my detour led to a fulfilling career as a chaplain.

In this holiday season, may the words of Thessalonians be a guiding principle, reminding us that joy and thanksgiving are not dependent on circumstances but rooted in a faith that transcends the temporal.

Even in the face of adversity, we can find reasons to rejoice and give thanks, trusting that a divine plan is unfolding, and brighter days are ahead.

 

*For most posts like this, visit The Chaplain’s Corner.

 

Author

  • Jason Hohnberger

    Chaplain (Major) Jason Hohnberger is an Army Chaplain. He serves The American Forces Network as the Broadcast Center Chaplain in Riverside, CA. Jason married his wife, Melissa, when he was just a Private in 1989. They reside in Southern California with their son and two daughters. His hobbies include backpacking, photography, and playing guitar. 

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