Back in the 70’s Jimmy Buffett had a hit song called “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” which states “changes in latitudes changes in attitudes, nothing remains quite the same…” This song’s premise was that the more tropical and warmer the climate or latitude was the better was one’s attitude. Basically stating that attitude was subject to external factors.
You know, Jimmy was right! Our attitude is often based on our circumstances. When things are going well we definitely have a better attitude than when things are going rough.
However, in sharp contrast, gratitude is far removed from attitude. Despite our circumstances, we as believers always have so much for which to be grateful. Please hear me, I’m not discounting the painful trials that many go through and the pain with which many believers are currently struggling. One of my good (young) friends recently lost his wife to cancer. However, he remains a grateful man! He remains grateful and maintains a heart full of gratitude because of his relationship with Jesus!
To put it quite simply, as believers our situations or our latitude in life should not reflect our gratitude. We should be grateful in all things. Ephesians 5:20 states: giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Notice Paul’s words to the church at Ephesus is not that you should give thanks always, but, in “giving thanks always to God the Father.”
We as believers struggle with the pain and suffering that this world has to offer just like anyone else…we are not immune to it. However, where we are different is that when we struggle with the pain of this life we do so with peace and a hope that never fades or disappoints. Take note of Romans 5:1-5. It states: Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through Him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
So take hope fellow believers, if you are persevering through adversity, remember you have peace and a hope in Jesus that will not disappoint you!!!