Just Thankful!

Several days prior to surgery, I asked my friend and colleague if he was anxious. After all, the doctors would be removing a large mass on his neck and the preliminary biopsy had been inconclusive. The doctors would not know for certain until it was removed whether it was benign or malignant. With a big smile, he responded, “I’m not anxious, just thankful”. He proceeded to share how he is feeling thankful to God for his family, the many years God had given him on this earth and the abundant blessings in life. I was amazed at the peace that had washed over him. In his statement, he was fulfilling Paul’s admonishment and promise to “be anxious for nothing but through prayer and supplication, with Thanksgiving, make your request known to God and the peace of God that surpassing all understanding will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 4:6-7).

What are you anxious about today? Do you have an impending surgery, a marriage that is failing or a job that is on the line? Perhaps you are worried about an ill/aging parent who lives far away or a wayward child.  There are many issues in our workplaces and in our lives about which we can be anxious, but God wants us to trust Him and to maintain a thankful heart even in the midst of our worries. Paul writes in I Thessalonians 5:18 “in everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”. That’s right, we are called to be thankful in all circumstances; both good and bad. This requires discipline and it requires we intentionally remove the focus from ourselves and place it on God and others. I learned early in life to adjust my outlook by following this advice:  when things are going badly for me, pray for someone else.  

Your workplace challenge is to give your anxiousness over to God through prayer and supplication. Remove the focus from yourself except to list all the things you are grateful for. Then, verbally express your thankfulness to God and to others in your life. You will be amazed at the peace that comes with a grateful heart. When it does, smile, lifting your hands to heaven and thanking God that He holds you in the palm of His hand. Make today count for His Glory.