Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our gratefulness. I wrote this short blog to encourage you in ways to express thankfulness this year.
1. Be thankful for what you do have.
A lot of us struggle with an entitlement mentality and feel like we have been deprived of what we deserve. Others are facing difficult circumstances and verses like:
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Make us wonder, “How can I be thankful in these circumstances?” Take time to reflect on the things God has blessed you with rather than thinking about the things you feel your circumstances or other people aren’t giving you. Perhaps God is using your circumstances to protect you because as a good Father He knows better than you and gives good gifts.
2. Be thankful for what God has done.
We often get frustrated God is not doing what we want Him to do and overlook what He has done. Jesus gave the ultimate gift by giving His life as a ransom to release us from sin and give us salvation (Mark 10:45). That alone should make us infinitely grateful. Ignoring all other circumstances in our lives, what are at least 10 things that Jesus accomplished for you at the cross that you can be thankful for?
John Piper has written a book that you can download for free on Desiring God’s website called: Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die. If you are struggling to come up with ten this may help.
3. Be thankful for people.
My mentor always tells me,“Great men are grateful men.” One way you can show gratitude is by taking a few minutes to write a personal note to someone who positively impacted your life. He challenged me this week to write three people who I am thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Who are you thankful for? Perhaps someone who provided for you when you were young. Perhaps the person who introduced you to Jesus Christ as your Savior. Perhaps someone who is spurring you on to love and good deeds. Perhaps someone who is teaching you what it means to have a genuine relationship with God. Perhaps someone who told you the truth when everyone else was just saying what you wanted to hear.
Can you come up with at least three people who have played or are playing a role in your life today that you are grateful for? Take a moment today to write them a note or send them a text message and share why it is you are thankful for them.