The Apostle Paul wrote, “Whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” (Philippians 3:7-8)
Several years ago, a missionary named Karen Watson lived that out when she went to Iraq to offer humanitarian aid in the name of Jesus Christ. When she left, she wrote a letter and gave it to her pastor and said, “You only get to open this if I die.” Well, two years later she was killed by the very people she went to serve.
When her pastor opened the letter, the opening line was “I know you’re only reading this if I have died.” There were some comments to her family and to her church, blessing them. And then she closed with this line: “To obey was my objective. Suffering was expected, and his glory is my reward.” Karen wanted God’s glory more than anything. She did it in life and she did it in death.
That, my friends, is what it means to be truly thankful.