"And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father," (Ephesians 5:18--20).
* Paul places no limitations on the frequency or object of our thankfulness. We are to give thanks always and for all things. Such absolutes demand a consistent life-style of responding to life's circumstances gratefully. And the more difficult the situation the more grace we need to give thanks.
* One of the more powerful characteristics of the Christian life, and which stands in marked contrast to the world's attitudes, is a grateful heart. Ours is a complaining world, and when someone cultivates a life-style of thankfulness, opportunities arise for giving the Lord Jesus the credit. Question: are our days so permeated with "thanksliving", that a watching world demands an explanation?