Thankful for who? Seriously?

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them…This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. I Tim 2:1, 3-4

Praying, interceding and wishing everyone well, I get, but thankfulness? I generally pray for protection from mean, greedy, stupid, violent, selfish people. I don’t thank God for them. Can I be thankful for that guy who cut in front of me in traffic? For politicians I don’t like? For the people who press my annoyance button throughout the day? Maybe thankfulness helps make us more aware of the way God loves, values, and desires relationship with and restoration for each person. Maybe thankfulness is what inspires prayer and intercession and goodwill towards all.

Lord, show me how to be thankful for all people. Help them to know You. Help me to reveal You in how I respond to them Adjust my attitude beyond my ability to adjust it.