November 28, 2013
Thankful Heart and Attitude
Today is Thanksgiving Day. It is a day meant to be spent with family and thanking God for the food, family, and other blessings he has given to you. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to spend Thanksgiving with their family or loved ones or with anyone else, but even those people should be able to find at least one thing to be thankful for, even if it is that Jesus loved us enough to die for us and be raised to life again so we could be made right with God based on faith. You could also be thankful that you are alive and have another day to live and live it for God with a heart and attitude of gratitude. If you have food to eat and water to drink, a roof over your head, clothes to wear, and a right relationship with God (or are working on a healthy, loving, right relationship with God) then you have reasons to be thankful (“reasons” as in plural – more than one reason to be thankful). If you have your health, be thankful for that. If you can walk, talk, dress yourself, feed yourself, take care of your own hygiene, and think for yourself, these are additional reasons to be thankful to God. When you are thinking of the list of things you are thankful for, you will not have time to complain about what you don’t have like a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or the ability to spend it with family or loved ones, as some people (like me) are in that position. My mom is with the angels and Jesus, my sister didn’t invite me into her Thanksgiving plans this year, I barely have enough food, and am by myself (except for God, who is always with me) but I still have lots of stuff I am thankful for including most of the stuff I listed above (all of them except the spending today with family and full health but I have enough of my health to be thankful for what of my health I do have and am thankful God is healing me until I am 100% healthy). The point is, everyone should be able to find something to be thankful for. I have and I am thanking God for what I do have instead of focusing on what I don’t currently have. Focusing on God and on all he has blessed you with and being thankful to him for it is a good way to take your mind off of what you don’t have and it gives God room to bless you with the things you need but do not yet have in the right time (when you believe that God will give you these blessings you need and are waiting for and thank him for what you already have). Thanksgiving should not be wrapped up in one day though. You should be thankful everyday. Every day that you have breath in you and wake up to live another day, you should be thankful to God.
It pleases God when we keep an attitude of gratitude and have thankful hearts and also when we give to others in need and bless them in any way we are able to when we see a need someone else has and are able to give them what they need or know someone who can if we cannot by ourselves. King David tells us in 1 Chronicles 16:34, “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His faithful love endures forever.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances” There are quite a few psalms that tell us to give thanks to the Lord and one of those psalm verses is psalms 105:1, which says, “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.” Surely if God tells us as many times as he does in his written word (if I listed all places in the bible it told us to be thankful I would be here for a long time!), then we should do it? Today, what is at least one thing you are thankful for? Can you think of something else or more than one thing to be thankful for? You will feel lighter and happier if you focus on thanking God for what he has given you rather than on your current problems or what you don’t have. You will also experience greater peace. As for doing things for others, Hebrews 13:16 tells us, “And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.” Today, if you are going through a difficulty and are struggling to find thankfulness in your heart or attitude or both, I challenge you to go to a soup kitchen near you and feed the homeless or go visit the sick in the hospital who are dying and don’t have long to live to give you a new perspective and hopefully when you see how badly other people have it, you will finally realize all the things you have to be thankful for. Not trying to be mean, just trying to give you a fresh perspective. I’d hate for anyone to give up on God and on life because of current difficulties in their lives or too many heartbreaks or for any other reason. God loves you and wants you to have all the good things he has to offer his children. Let that be one thing you find to be thankful for. Let God’s love, mercy, grace, and peace fill you and may you feel the blessing of his presence in your life. Hope you all have had a blessed Thanksgiving for those who celebrate it and happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate that holiday instead! May God bless you all greatly! Along with the other things I am thankful for, I am thankful for all of you, my readers!