Dr. Elizabeth Jackson
Traditionally, in America, we have set aside one day of the year to express our gratitude and appreciation for all of life’s blessings. We call that day, “Thanksgiving!” On that day, friends and family come together from near and far to remember the goodness of God.
However, being thankful is more than an event that happens during the holiday festivities, when there is a lot to celebrate. It is more than the verbal praises and admiration we share around the dinner table. Being thankful is a state of mind. It is learning how to have an attitude of gratitude and an appreciation for the little things in life.
Paul the Apostle said,
“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little“ (Philippians 4:11-12).
“No matter what the circumstances, be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
“Everything you say and everything you do should be done for Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus” (Colossians 3:17).
Be thankful every morning when we awake; recognizing that God is allowing us to see another day. We may take it for granted, but there are millions who do not see a new day.
Be thankful for our friends and family who share in our journey because they love us.
Be thankful for health, strength and the desire to get up every day and pursue our purpose.
Be thankful for the food on our tables, a roof over our heads and beds to sleep on. We must remember those who are hungry and homeless and be grateful for what we have.
Be thankful for God’s love and mercy towards us, even when we are unworthy of it.
Don’t Be Ungrateful
Despite all of our reasons to give thanks, the temptation to complain is always present. We must not become selfish and ungrateful like the generation Paul warned his protégé Timothy about, who will be self-centered, unappreciative and feel entitled.
“Remember this: There are some terrible times coming in the last days. People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud and boast about themselves. They will abuse others with insults. They will not obey their parents. They will be ungrateful and against all that is pleasing to God” 2 Timothy 3:1-2 (ERV).
I believe in the old saying, “Thank you, makes room for more.” When we show gratitude for the little things, people will show their appreciation by continuously being a blessing to us.
While we’re on the topic of being thankful, I would like to thank you for purchasing my recent book, “Pure Gold Inspirational Nuggets,” and subscribing to my blog. I pray that you are encouraged by every post. May God bless you for your kindness.