“But thanks be to God, who always leads us triumphantly as captives in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.” ( 2 Corinthians 2:14 )

It’s wonderful to be around thankful people. They fill up a room with their optimism, thoughtfulness, and peace. People who seldom have anything positive to say. Even when things go well, their cynicism sours people around them. Thankful people are known for two connected actions; remembering God’s past blessings and realizing that God still gives them wonderful gifts. They look forward to the future, trusting that the One who has abundantly provided will provide again. Don’t assume that thankful people are blind to the often realities in life. In fact, they can be more honest about hurts and disappointments because they don’t need to hide from those things. But their hope focuses their attention away from their hurts and disappointments and onto God’s character. They are convinced that sooner or later He will give them the wisdom, strength, direction, and blessing they need. God’s past faithfulness gives them confidence.

The mystery of the divine, each day came forth from the hand of God newly created and alive with opportunities to do His will. We for our part, can accept and offer back to God every prayer, work, and suffering of the day, no matter how insignificant or unspectacular they may seem to us. Between God and the individual soul, however, there are no insignificant moments.