What are you thankful for? Why give thanks in all circumstances? Well, there are many reasons why a person should be thankful but too often we feel that our Joy is dependent on our circumstances. Coming from church today, the message was based on this topic. The Bible passage was taken from the book of Colossians 2: 6-7. The title of the sermon was “Grateful People”. As i sat in the pew listening to my pastor from the pulpit, my mind pondered about the many reasons why I should be thankful. What am I thankful for? Then my pastor uttered to the congregation saying “Thanksgiving attracts God’s presence but murmuring attracts demonic presence.” The simplicity of having Christ in our lives starts to diminish once we feel that we have received our salvation. Not pertaining to all people but some of us feel that we are entitled to more things in our lives. Sometimes we forget to thank God for the things he has done in our lives. So i pondered… then my pastor proceeded with his sermon stating that “Thanksgiving is a proof that we are growing.” Then a thought encircled my medulla oblongata. If we ought to give thanks to God in everything and commune with him, it opens up a gateway to see things in his perspective but at times we get so wrapped up with ourselves, so focused on the problems in our daily lives. We forget who we are and whose we are. For we were bought at a price. The more we know God, the more our hearts are filled with thanksgiving. The more revelation we have, the more our hearts are overflowed with thanksgiving. Father God, sometimes we forget to thank you. Forgive us, O Lord for we have sinned and fallen short of your glory, yet you still love us. You see the depths of our hearts but you still love us. Help us to seek your face at all times and to trust you when things don’t go the way it should be.
Time passed, the sermon still intact. The congregation is very quiet, not a sound accept when the babies start crying or when my pastor throws a joke from time to time. Then my pastor stated ” Thanksgiving is an ultimate expression of humility”. I found that very powerful which is very true. Do you know anyone in your life that is humble? You see, humble people are grateful people. They are content even when things are not going as it is planned, humbly they wait. A person that never forgets where they came from rejoices and has a heart filled with gratitude. Sometimes we forget our past. Yes, it is not to be remembered but also not to be forgotten. In most cases, a reminder of our past helps us to remember how far we have come. Yesterday’s pain and failures helps us to strive and move forward. We must learn to maintain and balance our lives. People who praise their way through the storms have a humble perspective of things. Have you seen a person that is always happy or smiling? And you ask yourself, why am I not always happy? What makes his or her life better than mine? Thomas Jefferson said it best “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” We ought to be thankful in every situation. Trust me, this is not always easy. It is so much easier said than done but we must practice that act.
Thanksgiving is the highest form of our faith. Faith is a complete confidence in something or in someone. For us Christians, our trust and faith is in God. For it is written, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” -Hebrews 11:1. If we believe in the promises of our God, we should continually thank him for his promises concerning our lives. Thanksgiving encourages God to even do more in our lives. Having a constant heart of thanksgiving and praise is very important. We can experience more in our lives when we have a heart of gratitude even when God does a little in our lives. When we testify of what in which God has done in our lives, it leads to many more testimonies. When we feel that we are entitled to have things, we become to ungrateful. Have you ever given something to someone and they’re not even satisfied with what you gave them? Do they get upset with you and grumble, murmuring words unlike themselves? I know I have. They want more or they are just not pleased with what you gave them. We must be careful not to develop a character of entitlement. A person who thanks God everyday despite their circumstances experiences God in a deeper level. So let’s be thankful. Thank God for being alive, your family,friends, job, education, his protection, food to eat, a roof over your head, church, ministries, your health and the things he is yet to do in your life. Pray for other people too regardless if you know them or not. God will bless you in doing so. Help us, O Lord to be like you. Teach us, Holy Spirit to have a heart filled with gratitude. More of you and less of us, O God now and forevermore.