How do You Give Thanks?
Did you celebrate Thanksgiving really big this year with lots of thanks? Do you feel you celebrated so much that your family might be responsible for a slight but measurable shift in the earth’s axis? Perhaps like some, you thought the paramedics may need to bring in the Jaws of Life to pry you from the dinner table? Or maybe you feel that your next cholesterol screening will yield gravy when they prick your finger? However big or small you celebrated, most importantly, did you offer thanks? For as the Lord’s chosen servants, our gratitude is due more than once a year.
Many times, in our day-to-day lives, we forget that our thanks to God are a great truth that should radiate out each day and not just be a once a year celebration. For God is our only source of life and wisdom. Our relationship with Him must be part of our ongoing life pursuit and as we learn more we must show gratitude for all God gives us in our daily life. But it is to be recognized that the greatest gift that He offers us is the gift of eternal life through belief in Christ.
Too often, in the midst of trouble and trials, when things aren’t going our way, we lose sight of our gratitude and our thanks just don’t seem to come forth. It is during these times that we must be like the little boy whose father asked him to pray for dinner. Before he bowed his head to pray, he looked at the suspicious dish. Then, closing his eyes, he prayed, ”Lord, I don’t like the looks of it, but I’ll thank you and eat it anyway.” When we approach life in this manner it combines both an action and an attitude.
Actions and Attitudes
It is of utmost importance that we remember that without God we have no life. He doesn’t expect us to be grateful for everything that happens to us. But instead through whatever life may throw at us we learn to be grateful and offer thanks depending on Him. For it is our Lord who made us and breathes the breath of our initial life and it is through Him that there is life eternal. Remembering that all good things come from God, allows us to approach life with both the action of obedient thanks and the attitude of gratitude.
God, the Lord created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth. Isaiah 42:5 (NLT)
As the beginning of the Christmas celebrations prepares to bombard your life, take time to remember that God is greater than all things. No matter, your approach to this time of year, reflect who designed you and where you come from. You can give thanks for God’s presence in your life and know that whether your life is packed with pleasantries or unpleasantries that God will only accomplish good from it.
Your action of thanking God daily builds your attitude of gratefulness. This acknowledges your dependence on God for life. Your joy and thankfulness must not wax and wane with your circumstances or feelings. But instead, they should remain constant through a conscious decision to follow and depend on the Creator. Seek to do His will in your life. It is through this action and attitude that you will find it easier to be thankful, grateful, and joyful.
Every Day Thanks
Let us always be full of thanks and hold attitudes of gratefulness. Even though Thanksgiving Celebrations are laid to rest continue your thanks as Christmas Celebrations begin and life moves on for there is always something to be thankful for.Â
Even though I clutch my blankets and groan when the alarm rings each morning, thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are those who are deaf. Even though I keep my eyes tightly closed against the morning light as long as possible, thank you, Lord that I can see. There are many who are blind. Even though I huddle in my bed and put off the physical effort of rising, thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedfast. Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely. Even though our table never looks like the pictures in the magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced. Thank you, Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry. Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous, thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no work. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of life. Unknown
Christmas Brings the Hope of Life
Challenge yourself every day to thank God for the life you live, no matter your circumstances. Remember through your convictions that it is only through God that you have life on earth and eternal life is possible. Be motivated in knowing that all good things come from God. Seek out the good in your daily life that creates a Thanksgiving Celebration every day. Find comfort in knowing that God cares for you so much that He provides all that you need. Know that He turns all circumstances too good for those who love, trust, and believe in Him.
Christ offers life, so choose to celebrate the birth of life through Him focusing your celebrations directly on the gift that never ends. It is only through Christ that you have the hopes and joys of life. Through Him, you can hold both the action of thanks and the attitude of gratitude every day.
May all your days be days of Thanksgiving!
Love in Christ,
So much has been given to me that I have no time to ponder that which I don’t have.
What are Your Thoughts?
Do you give thanks every day for your life? Is your life a reflection of both the action of thanks and the attitude of gratitude? Share your thoughtsÂ on the importance of giving thanks every day for your life. How can you incorporate this thanks and attitude in the upcoming Christmas celebrations?