We are in the season of Thanksgiving which is just around the corner. Everywhere you look, the focus is on being thankful for a variety of things and areas of our lives from the past year.
Giving thanks for the good things in our lives does not necessarily mean we are appreciating God’s blessings on us. Being truly thankful means looking beyond the worldly things and looking at our blessings from God and expressing gratitude for Christ.
What about when we feel we don’t have anything to be thankful for?
Many of us have had hard times with being out of work, illness, death, people we know that are far from God, marriage issues, and other difficulties.
Can you relate to this? Many of us have had seasons of our lives where being thankful came hard to us, but Thanksgiving isn’t just about being thankful, we need to choose to celebrate and thank God for His blessings to us even though life is difficult and blessings may seem to be sparse.
In this coming season, ask yourself: Am I thankful for what I do have and what Jesus has done in my life, or am I feeling unthankful or negative about what I don’t have and what I feel Jesus hasn’t done for me yet?
There will always be things we may not feel thankful for so this season open your heart to be transformed with focusing not only on the Thanksgiving season but truly being thankful to God for our blessings, even if you feel there are not many in your life, and thanking Him for being the One who blesses.
Lord, forgive me for focusing more on the negatives in my life than the positives. Thank You for Your blessing of love, grace, mercy and eternal life. Fill my heart with Your spirit this Thanksgiving so I can be thank-full. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Isaiah 12:4 ” In that day you will say: Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name;
make known among the peoples proclaim that his name is exalted”
Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God”
Psalm 118:28 “You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God; I will extol you”
Adopted from an article “Being Thank-full Goes Beyond Counting Your Blessings “