That Thankful Heart

Hi Guys!
How is the new year going?Is it just me or does January seem to be going quite fast.
Any New Year Resolutions broken yet? Lol.
I am not one for resolutions though. I prefer to have a general goal or direction for the year which I work and pray towards. Sometimes I even have more than one.

Now, this post title is totally unplanned.
Meaning that the title was not one I even contemplated writing a post about until I randomly tweeted about something similar on my Twitter page some minutes ago.
However, I am certain that God totally knew I would write about this because looking back now, the tweet wasn't so random. A few hours prior, I had sent an email to someone to encourage and also to remind them to be grateful to God even in the moment of need.
It was an email that also spoke to me even as I wrote it and I realized how important it was to be thankful and to show appreciation to God irrespective of what we are going through. In fact, especially because of what we are going through.
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The reality is that we should thank God ALL THE TIME.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Not just when we remember what he has done ( like I tend to do) or when things are going well for us , not only when we get what we need, not just when we hear bad news about others and we remember that we have it better, or when prompted in Church, not when we feel like it or when eating, nor only during Thanksgiving but ALL the time. 
 We can express our gratitude in Prayer, Songs, Hymns, conversations  with God, even our thoughts can be ones of gratitude. We should have a thankful Heart.
Unlike human beings, God does not get tired of our gratitude. Imagine how weird it would be if you called or Skyped or even went physically to your earthly parents or friends or family and thanked them every thirty minutes of the day, every day, every month, every year.
 Yeah! basically every thirty minutes of your life. Lol. (Sounds weird right!)
At a point, they are likely to preempt you and tell you "shhhhh". It's okay. stop thanking us so much. it's our job to do this or that for you" but God isn't human, he is a spirit, he can never get tired of our gratitude and thanksgiving,and he expects us to be grateful all the time.

Now that sounds easier said than done. But it's an attitude that we have to cultivate.
Do you know that someone somewhere may be praying desperately to be in your present situation.
Yes! It doesn't seem perfect, but to another person, it sounds like bliss.
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 Sounds funny! But if you are probably single and healthy and think that is not a situation to be grateful for. After all, everyone else seems to be married but you, but the mother who lost her daughter to domestic violence will give anything to have her not be married and be alive.

You may not have a job now, but the children whose mother dies on a business trip or the wife whose marriage crumpled because of the job the husband got will beg to differ.

I don't know what your situation is. But no matter what it is,  please give thanks to God because it could have been much worse.

And the best thing is that Thanksgiving is not limited to the past or our present situation.
We can be thankful for the things we haven't received yet.
And I do that very often. Though of course it isn't easy. But that's where faith comes in.
Hebrews 11:1 says
 "Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen".
I thank God for the past, the present, for the future, for what he has done and for what he will do.

Thanksgiving brings multiplication and miracles
Don't forget that in Matthew 15:36, Jesus gave thanks for the five loaves of bread and two fishes and it multiplied and fed five thousand and still remained.
In  John 11:41, Jesus gave thanks to God before raising Lazarus from the dead.
"So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me".

Ingratitude makes God angry and closes doors
After all, as humans, we all know how annoying it can be when you go all out for somebody, sometimes inconveniencing ourselves and they do not show any sign of appreciation, or quickly forget the stress you went through for them when things get better for them.

Think about how bad you will feel if you kept Millions in the bank for your beloved daughter, to be accessed in a few years time. But because she is not aware of how much you have her in mind and of the depth of your love, does nothing but complain and whine about her presently dire condition and conveniently forgets about all you have done for her in the past.
Chances her that you are likely to get annoyed at the depth of her ingratitude.
Imagine instead if she was grateful, and continued thanking you for the good plans you have for her and what you have done in the past, you are more likely to give her the Millions even earlier.

Finally, I leave you with one of my favorite Bible verses.

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  Psalm 107:1
"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good , for His mercies endures forever"

Read more about biblical instances of Thanksgiving/ Gratitude Here

2 comments:

  1. Seems like every faith-based blog I've read recently has had something on thanksgiving and I know it's a clear message for me. I just finished commenting on another blog about how I've been so focused on worrying about the future that I have forgotten to thank God for today. Message received loud and clear.

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    1. Hmm! Seems like a clear message indeed. Lol.
      Worry less and thank God More. I am certain that thanksgiving will do more to settle your fears than worry will.
      After all, who worry don help? Lol.Put all your faith,trust,hope in God.

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