‘…and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”’ 1 Corinthians 11.24

What is your attitude when things turn dark?  We learn from this verse that Jesus’ immediate response was to give thanks.

If he did this in a moment of darkness, presumably it was so natural that it must have been second nature to him.  However, for something to become second nature we have to develop and practice it now.  How do we do this?  It is not about giving thanks for things we are not in the slightest bit grateful for, but it is about beginning to turn our minds to things we truly appreciate – people or occasions that bring something wonderful to our life.  It is one thing to appreciate them, but even better to recognise them as God’s specific and individual gifts to us, and to be thankful for them.

Being able to see people, blessings and circumstances as touches of God’s personal love is what keeps thanksgiving real and personal.  Why not begin to give thanks for what he has done for you.

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