By Olayinka Fapohunda

A new year is fast approaching, some plans, dreams have not yet materialised: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, – Phil 4:6. We have read and heard this verse over and over again, but breaking it down we have prayed and supplicated, lets take it to another level by giving Thanks!!!. Thanksgiving is a character quality that is pleasing to God, it is a demonstration of humility, which God commands us to seek ( ‘’In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you’’ – 1 Thess5:18.

Being thankful removes the focus from situations and circumstances we might be going through – God never promised a smooth sail in this temporary world – ‘In the world you have tribulations, and trials, and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer….John16:33, however we don’t have to accept the anxiety that comes with the tribulations, we have the choice to approach the challenge in a calm and peaceful manner with Gods’ help and not in our own strength.

I am learning to programme my mind to respond in a positive manner and the right attitude, thereby God steps into the situation immediately because it is beyond my control: responding in trepidation always leads misery and depression – Satan is out there to rob us of our joy, peace and health; spiritual vigilance is a necessity in this race of life and in our Christian walk.

Change your attitude change your approach, and God will eventually change that circumstance and if he doesn’t, he is still God he knows better, it could have been worse. Give THANKS!!