From her alarm clock not going off on time to getting stuck in traffic, youth minister Megan Thompson knows there are a number of things that can go wrong on any given day. Yet in her column for the Catholic Times—the newspaper of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio—she notes that viewing the world through a purely negative lens is no way to live.
“A life focused on curses means a life void of the recognition of blessing, and hearts emptied of the fulfillment found in praise,” Thompson writes.
Her philosophy of thanksgiving is derived from Ann Voskamp’s book entitled One Thousand Gifts which encourages people to be grateful to God during times of good fortune or bad.
“We can feel frustrated,” Thompson explains. “But we can also choose to see blessing…In all, we can choose praise. And if in all, we choose praise, we choose joy. We choose the Lord.”
Thanking God is the greatest choice you can make, every day. In all things, submit to His infinite wisdom and grace.
Take My instruction instead of silver. (Proverbs 8:10)
Christ, before every choice we make, may we always remember to give thanks to You, first and foremost.