Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Sometimes, it feels like a sacrifice to give thanks. And it should. When it feels like everything is going wrong, it can be really hard to make a shift from focusing on the negative to focusing on the positive. The funny thing is, when you dwell on the negative, the negative seems to get bigger, but it only takes a few positive confessions to turn your outlook around.
I love how this scripture tells us to openly confess the name of Jesus, and not to forget to share with others.
Recently I had a rough day (I know you never have those). At the end of the day, I caught myself complaining to my friend on the phone, and I stopped and said, “You know what, it’s really not that bad,” and then I started to state the good things that happened that day. And I felt better.
Sometimes you have to go to God with a sacrifice of praise. Like when you don’t understand why, or you wonder how much longer, or when your past begins to overwhelm you. Start offering that sacrifice. It is pleasing to God.