Today is my most favorite day of the year! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
But thanksgiving is not just for one day of the year or even a season. It should be an attitude we walk in every day of the year! Let’s not forget that a heart of thanksgiving is not just about being thankful for what we have as in the material things, but what we have been given by the creator of the universe! It is not about having what I want, but viewing everything I have been given as a gift.
A heart of thanksgiving is not something that we should take for granted or just dismiss it as great idea, but rather a command given by God. Colossians 3:15 states, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” Down two verses in verse 17 Paul tells us “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Those verses alone make it pretty clear that an attitude of thankfulness is not just a nice idea, but a biblical precept.
Why is being thankful so hard? We live in a culture of me. Have it your way, you deserve a break today, it really is all about you and even this catch phrase…you need some me time.
How can we have a heart of thanksgiving despite the culture bombarding us with the lies that put our focus on ourselves instead of the one who created us?
Here are 5 ways to have a heart of thanksgiving every day:
Detach from the circumstances.
We get so caught up in the circumstances of life and the drama that surrounds them. Detach yourself!
Attach to God!
We get so caught up in the circumstances of li Attach yourself to the one who knows all things. We do not need to know the why of all the circumstances that we are in. We need to leave the why to God. He knows the why! Attach to God and the why won’t matter!
Learn to be content.
Did you know that being thankful is directly correlated to being content. Paul states in Philipians 4:11, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Paul learned to be content despite the circumstances he was in. Contentment is a learned behavior. When we are content, we are thankful. We are showing an attitude of gratitude, appreciation and satisfaction in our life.
Choose to be thankful.
Thankfulness is a choice. It is not something that comes natural to us. Selfishness and pride is what comes natural to us. Make the decision, today, to be thankful!
Count your blessings!
What a better way to be thankful. Count your blessings everyday! The more aware of what God has given us the easier it is to be thankful. Sometimes we just are forgetful of all the things we are blessed with. Today, ponder all the things down to the very last detail that God in His infinite grace has blessed you with. Remember, even things that we thing may be bad….He works for good.
I pray that you have a most blessed day shared with the ones you love!
Enjoy your blessings today and walk in thankfulness!