March 10

Written by Bill Grandi on March 10th, 2021

Let’s continue with some more thoughts on gratitude.

I personally think one of the hardest things to do and to see is to be grateful in all circumstances. But I believe some of that is because of wrong thinking. I did not say “Be thankful for all circumstances” but in all circumstances.

Of course, I’m not going to be thankful for cancer or MS or bankruptcy or (fill in the blank). I’m not sure anyone in their right mind would say, “I’m so thrilled and thankful I lost my home, my car, my family, etc because I lost my job and now I can’t afford anything. So I guess I’ll file for bankruptcy and be happy about it.” Or “I’m so thankful cancer is ravaging my body.” When I was going through my medical issues as a result of being a Covid long-hauler, I wasn’t praising the Lord for all of that.

But I can be thankful in that situation. Gratitude doesn’t hinge on certain or good circumstances in my life.  The opposite, however, can be true: I should be able to be thankful in those circumstances KNOWING God’s presence is there with me. I’m reminded of Paul’s words to the Philippians when he said, “He who has begun a good work in you will bring it to completion.” (1:6) We are all in the dark when it comes to God’s plans for our lives. All we can really do is trust Him in and through it all to complete His purpose and perfect will.

Can you say you are grateful in all circumstances? I certainly want to be able to say I am!

“Father, only You know what is ahead for me.  Help me to be thankful in all my circumstances, no matter what they may be, knowing You are there with me. I thank You for Your presence in all things.”


10 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ed says:

    I’m with you Bill! I know that whatever happens is meant to be, but I still struggle with it.. sometimes for days, before I realize He will finish it!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      you aren’t alone Ed. I’m something inclined to think we aren’t supposed to know. At least I know we won’t know it all.

  2. Diane Ronzino says:

    Morning, Bill. The attitude of gratitude helps me keep my eyes on Jesus and the goodness of The LORD in spite of any adverse circumstances I may be going through. Hallelujah!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Good morning to you Diane! It is good to hear from you. Keeping our eyes on Jesus is absolutely essential and what better way to deal with life as it is happening on a daily basis.

  3. Ryan S. says:

    I think the distinction of “for all circumstances” vs “in all circumstances” is the key here.

    and knowing that God’s plan will ultimately be fulfilled regardless of the circumstances…

    The difference is the focus. Are my eyes stuck on the problem or are my eyes centered on the solution… God.

    Easier said than done, especially in the midst, but that is where we should strive to get to.

    I, like Ed, struggle with it… and yes, sometimes for days/weeks/months… but ultimately God’s plan will be fulfilled and even if it is not this side of heaven, I am assured it will be when I cross the threshold.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      You are right about the focus Ryan. That is so important in this whole issue. Where are my eyes?

  4. Living life with a gratitude attitude has plenteous rewards, Bill. I’m so glad that God will never abandon us, even in the toughest of situations.

  5. Wow, I may just send this post to a lady I am working with. You said it well, thanks.