Well, this is a delayed post. I did start writing it ion Thanksgiving and then got distracted by the day’s events. Being Grateful need not be a Thanksgiving only focus as was the point of my thoughts that day….
I would tend to shy away from talking about being grateful on Thanksgiving since it is pretty much expected. I hesitate because I don’t want my thoughts on gratefulness to be considered trite. Nonetheless I am going to share some thoughts, and hope you take some time to read and consider it.
Part of my personal growth and heart change has involved being more grateful. Regularly when I have spent time journaling I have taken time to reflect on being thankful for what has transpired on a given day(s). Sometimes it comes quickly, other times it takes more thought. My heart is changing.
Often at the root of my sin and struggle is selfishness and pity. What helps escape that downward spiral but taking time, pausing to be thankful.
1 Thessalonians 5: 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Psalm 105:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
1 Thessalonians 5 Biblically presents this challenge before us to be thankful in all circumstances. When in the depths of emptiness and despair it is hard to have that thankful heart, yet God calls us to it. Calls us to truth, that in all things and in all situations there is much to be thankful for. Primarily I think of His faithfulness. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Holding unto that truth may our hearts be softened to think clearly. To think clearly toward Him and the gifts he gives.
The morning sun, air to breath, good food to eat, warmth of a home. Consider the gifts He gives daily. In Psalm 105 it takes it even further that we recognize that those gifts come from Him and to make it known. Share you blessings, share your gratitude share your story.
Making a habit of practicing gratefulness will change your heart!