Did you ever know someone who was never happy? You could give them a piece of their favorite pie with a big scoop of whip cream and they would complain the piece wasn’t big enough or that there wasn’t enough whip cream on it.

Do you think that person would even enjoy the pie?

Sometimes we are tempted to be that person who is not happy. Maybe you are tempted to always want to be first in line and to complain when you do not get your way at home or in school. Maybe when you play basketball you are temped to complain if you don’t get the ball enough or don’t score any points.

Today we are going to discuss a different type of attitude. It is an attitude that God instructs us to have, so …

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

What does “in all circumstances” mean? (all the time, no matter what is happening)

What does “give thanks” mean? Does it mean to stop in the middle of a basketball game and

thank your teammate when he/she didn’t pass the ball to you when you were open? What does it mean? (it means to give thanks to God by how you act, by your attitude toward all things – do you get mad and quit, do you talk about others or pout or do you continue to work hard and encourage others in a positive way.)

This positive attitude has sometimes been called an “ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE”.

Final Question: Why should we have an attitude of gratitude always? If things are going bad in our lives, why should we still have an attitude of gratitude? Hint – look at the end of verse 18. (We should be hard working, positive and encouraging toward others out of thankfulness for what Jesus has done for us – He has suffered and died for us, so it is our way of showing love back to Him for all He has done for us.)

Jesus loves you and he has given you the opportunity to be on this team right here and right now…

Go and live your life with an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE!

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16

Pastor Ryan

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