Thanksgiving is an attitude, not a holiday. Thanksgiving is something we exude; it is something we offer to others and to God.
Giving thanks starts in our souls and is expressed in words and deeds. In Scripture, thanksgiving is expressed in words, worship, prayer, sacrifices, and giving to others. A quick search in the Bible for “thanks” showed up 133 times; including words such as thankful, thankfulness, and thanksgiving. A phrase I found over and over was:
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.”
Being grateful and giving thanks is something that God wants to develop in our lives. I’m not opposed to having a day to celebrate and be thankful for all that has happened over the past year (both good and bad), but I want to have a lifestyle of thanksgiving.
I am a bit cynical at times and I was going to write a post about what I am NOT thankful for. But then I remembered Job’s life and attitude. He had much and much was taken away, yet he still had an attitude of thanksgiving.
And he said, ”Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”-Job 1:21 (ESV)
While counseling and coaching others these past few years, I’ve seen a lot of tough financial situations. I know there are some who found this blog because you are searching for help and hope.
I encourage you in your difficult situation to continue to be grateful for what you do have and not on what you do not have. I have seen that my clients who let bitterness creep in, often continue to struggle.
But those who are grateful, often will gain hope. The hopeful see something better in the horizon and strive towards that end.
If you want to improve your situation (either financial or life), start with your heart and I think you’ll find your actions will begin to reflect what dwells in your heart. When your heart and actions change, your life will change. Be grateful and have hope.
Challenge: Let’s take this Thanksgiving Day to begin a year of thanksgiving to God and others. What are you thankful for and how can you express thanks? Share in the comments below!
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