Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ - their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way - with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge - God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. Therefore, you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

These first 9 verses are broken up into 2 sections, greeting and thanksgiving.

In the first 3 verses, Paul is basically stating who he is and who he is addressing. He is talking to all those who have been sanctified in Christ aka Christians.

Verses 4-9 are all about thanksgiving. He begins by thanking God for all the people he is talking to, also praising God for giving everyone gifts from God (spiritual gifts).

Now, this might sound crazy, but here's the direction I'm going to take things. I think this would be a cool way to start each day.

Hear me out:
The way Paul begins this letter is by claiming his identity in The Lord, who The Lord has called him to be. Then Paul moves into a time of thanksgiving, where for 5 whole verses he praises God for all the great things around him and all the gifts in his life and in those lives around him.

So, let's start doing that when we wake up! Claiming over ourselves who we are, who The Lord has created us to be and then thank Him for that, and everything else around us...even the stuff that's not so great.

God, thank You for who You have made me to be. Thank You for being exactly who You are every single day. Help me to enter into a time of thanksgiving all throughout the day so that I can live from a place of gratitude for all You have done, are doing, and will do in my life and all around me. In Your name I pray, Amen.

- Alex Raines