November 25, 2022
Thanksgiving as a historical holiday was steeped in giving thanks to God for seeing that the needs of the original colonists were met. Even though the holiday remains, the religious significance has been shed by much of the population.
As Christians, giving thanks to God isn’t solely reserved for the national holiday. Giving thanks should be a part of each day we have the pleasure of seeing. Being thankful regularly is rooted in building a habit or a lifestyle of thanksgiving.
There are several ways you can build a path to becoming more thankful each day.
God calls us to be thankful. 1 Timothy 4:4-5 states “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.”
Try starting your prayers with thankfulness to God. Psalm 100:4 says “enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise”.
Beginning your prayers with what you are thankful for will help you express your thankfulness to God and also make you aware of even more things to give thanks for. Following your prayer with a meditation session of focusing on His Word is a wonderful experience. And following up with an additional prayer at the end of the meditation session will draw you even closer to God. As an FYI, the Stoicess likes using the Lord’s prayer.
Build a habit of thanking a friend, family member, or coworker for something they did. Being intentional about thanking people for their thoughtfulness and even going out of your way to be kind to others will make an impression on you and the people around you. An attitude of gratitude can be contagious.
Keeping a journal of what you are thankful for will also help you recall things for which to give thanks during your prayer time. Take a sheet of paper and list the things that you want to thank God for at the end of your day. Make this a daily habit and it will have an impact.
We have many reasons to be thankful. As Christians, we should live lives that reflect our gratitude, not only to God but also to each other.
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