Practicing it is hard, and doesn’t come naturally.
We’re told over and over again in Scripture to be thankful. Recently, there has been a surge of people writing about it, encouraging us to simply make a list of the things we’re thankful for. When we do, we feel a shift in our spirit. We feel joy, peace, and hope for the future.
So why is it so hard? Even though I know and understand the benefits of gratitude, the pity party I’m throwing for myself in my head is way more fun. Why do I have to fight so hard to be thankful?
I think our reluctancy towards thankfulness is a tactic of the enemy. He wants us to be so focused on ourselves that we can’t possibly be in tune with the things God is doing around us and for us. When I start thinking about it from that perspective I become passionate about living with a thankful heart.
The truth is, a complaint-filled life is not a glory-filled life. Gratitude gives us proper perspective. Perspective that focuses on the glory of our God instead of our own. It helps us see past ourselves so we can glimpse the eternal. Without thankfulness we become discontent, never happy or satisfied with what we have. We’re always looking to the next thing, trying to figure out why that friend has so much more stuff than us and how we can get even better things. Without thankfulness we can easily respond to situations and people in a way that lacks love, with hatefulness and a sharp tongue.
Without a grateful heart we lack joy. Joy that carries us through heartache, joy that rejoices in the mountaintops and provides hope in the valleys.
Will you join me in worshiping our God through gratitude?
When your anxious, give thanks.
When you’re sad, give thanks.
When you’re bitter, give thanks.
When you’re jealous, give thanks.
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18