January 9

      A positive way to begin the new year is to try to give thanks in all circumstances including situations that irritate us. It is a real challenge, but I believe it is worth working on this concept. Complaining about situations that are irritating, such as standing in long lines when shopping, sitting in beltway traffic, being interrupted when working on a project, etc. is not helpful to anyone. God can use these situations to teach us and others certain lessons. Responding in a positive way to frustrating situations shows others how Christ wants us to live and treat others. Through prayer and reading God's word, we can see God working in these situations. Then we are able to give thanks in these situations.

Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's
will in Christ Jesus.     I Thessalonians  5:14

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