Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in the United States. It’s my favorite holiday. It’s not materialistic. It’s not about what you’re going to get out of it. It’s all about gathering with family and being thankful. That’s what we did yesterday. There is so much to be thankful for and I truly believe that thankful hearts change lives.
The Bible says in Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
This let’s me know that we should always be thankful, not only one day of the year, but every day. For most of us I think we try to do that. I know I do. However, I think we can improve. Hang out with me for a minute. I’m going to share a couple more verses and let you know why I think that thankful hearts change lives.
The Bible also says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
So we are to give thanks in ALL things. Thank about THAT for a minute. Give thanks in EVERY THING. That means even in the bad times. Is it easy? No. It’s one of the hardest things to do. I’ve faced many things in my life that in the natural there was nothing to be thankful for. I’ve sat in the doctor’s office and heard the words “you have cancer.” You can read more about that HERE. I know the fear that comes with that. Yet, even in the midst of it I was calm. I was reminded of God’s faithfulness to me. I knew that even if I wasn’t to be healed of cancer I would still have eternity with God. That’s something to be thankful for.
I’ve lost loved ones when it seemed to be too soon. Our minds want to question why, but faith says that God is in control and he knows what he’s doing. I’m thankful for that. Knowing that someone out there much bigger than you or me is in control even when things are bad is comforting. So yes, I do believe we can give thanks in EVERY THING. It may take time to find the reasons to be thankful, but they are there.
The scripture says in Psalms 107:1 – O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. I’ve experienced the goodness of God first hand. I drink from his mercy every day. That alone is enough to be thankful for every day. I need his mercy. I’m not perfect.
How do thankful hearts change lives?
I believe that when we live in an attitude of thankfulness we will think less of ourselves and more of our fellow man. We’ll begin to be the hands and feet of Jesus and do what he has called us as the church to do. We’ll love wholeheartedly. We’ll forgive those who have wronged us. We will feed the homeless. We’ll take care of the widows and the orphans. We’ll change lives!
It all starts with being thankful in every thing. When you face the darkest night you have two choices. You can be bitter that this “thing” has happened to you; or you can choose to find the things you can be thankful for. I don’t want that to sound like I’m saying your situation isn’t hard, because I know it is. I also know that it is possible to be thankful. Bitterness will only lead to pain and regret. Living in bitterness robs you of joy and binds you in selfishness. It leads to anger and hate. Who wants to live in that?
The choice seems easy enough, but it’s a daily thing. You have to get up every day and make up your mind to be thankful. I’m challenging myself to say what I’m thankful for every day. These things will serve as reminders of what God has done and is doing. It will change my attitude and outlook. I’m ready to change some lives, how about you?
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