We Thank God

Susan Medenblik Kooima

READ : 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (v. 18)

In Nigeria, people greet one another rather extensively. A friendly wave or brief hello—even to a stranger—simply will not do. A true Nigerian exchange of greetings entails asking all of the following: How was your night? How is your tiredness? How is your family? and finally, How is your work? And the Nigerian response to the last question is: “We thank God.”

I always find this such an inspiring reply. It is easy for us who live in North America to find reasons to grumble about our jobs and to look forward only to the weekend and vacation. In Nigeria, though, people thank God for work. It gives them a reason to get up in the morning and provides them with worthwhile activity. Plus it offers them the opportunity to earn money for their daily needs.

Keep this in mind as you go to your place of employment. Any job can be tiring and routine, but be thankful to God for the opportunity and reward your work provides.


Dear Lord, sometimes we are tired of our jobs and of our daily routine, but we want to be thankful rather than discontented. Help us to see how you provide for us through our work. Amen.