Thanksgiving, gratitude or appreciation is like a protector of our souls because it cultivates meekness and eradicates pettiness. Thanksgiving week is here and I dare say that until our perspective to issues of life is correct, we will never know how to appreciate God. Thank God for the roses in the thorns!
The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; – Psalm 50:23a ESV
Proud people are never thankful. Arrogant people never appreciate God, instead they might complain a lot. The Bible says God detests all the proud of heart and everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord. (Proverbs 16:5) What are you thankful for?
Before you answer that, pose and think of all the good thoughts God has toward you:
17How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me! – Psalm 139:17-18 NLT
When you cannot sleep, instead of counting sheep, try counting you blessings – you will not come to an end. Even though things may not be working the way you expected there is something God is waiting for you to thank Him for. Remember, your perspective has to be right to in order to be thankful and with that, I’d like to share a message a friend forwarded to my phone this morning:
To realize the value of a brother or a sister, ask someone who doesn’t have one.
To realize the value of a decade, ask a newly divorced person.
To realize the value of four years, ask a college graduate.
To realize the value of one year, ask a student who has failed a final exam.
To realize the value of nine months, ask a mother who has given birth to a stillborn.
To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who has given birth to a preemie.
To realize the value of one week, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of one hour, ask the couple who turned backs and slept without a word.
To realize the value of one minute, ask the person who has missed the train, bus or plane.
To realize the value of a second, ask the person who has survived an accident.
To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.
To realize the value of a friend, lose one.
So, what are you thankful for?
1 Let all that I am praise the LORD;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the LORD;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! – Psalm 103:1-5 NLT
If nothing else, thank God for who He is.