1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

In everything, we should give thanks. Not for everything, but in everything we should give thanks. This includes negative events and during difficult times.

During negative events and difficult times, we should give thanks for the alternative. For example, a person may have been in a car accident. They can choose to be upset and complain about their car being totaled or they can thank God for the alternative: they’re still alive. We can focus on not getting the promotion or we can thank God we still have a job. We can complain about things not going our way or we can be grateful for God’s promise of restoration (Joel 2:25).

There’s always an alternative to thank God for. We must be intentional focusing on that alternative and give thanks.