Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ephesians 5:20 -- On Thanks and Always

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;"
Ephesians 5:20

I like the words "always" and "all" here. There are times to stay away from words like these.  We hear "never say never" a lot, and can think of exceptions to almost any rule, and doubt most expressions and protestations from other people when they include all-inclusive words like this.
One thing I like about God is that you can use some of these words, because you *can* have absolute confidence in him... there is no need for doubt, or for words that illustrate a lesser stance or commitment.  We can always be thankful to God, because there is always something to thank him for. All things that we experience point our way and prepare us to return to him.  He gave us our families, our friends, and even our jobs and toys. :) We become more than we are by looking to him, and even when he chastises us or allows us to endure hardship, every second of it is because he loves us, and wants us to grow into our true selves and help us find happiness and fulfillment... far beyond what we could do on our own.
Today, let's give thanks to him... always :) ...for everything. :)  Can you imagine? If we spent the entire day giving thanks... *still* we would need to continue... to thank him for expanding our hearts, for a greater capacity to love, for blessings beyond our ability to enumerate. ... :) So, let's get started.

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