Thanksgiving is a heartwarming holiday because it reminds us of the gift of gratitude.
Gratitude is a choice that positions our day and daily decisions. It invites us to rearrange our attitudes and shift history in the making. Our collective days are absolutely altered by gratitude.
Gratitude reminds us that we have control of our lives in some small way.
We have the control of our responses. When we pull our response card, the default card at the top of the deck should be gratitude. Instead, it’s usually jealousy or anger or some sort of other selfish response. That’s just our sin nature trying to steal the show again. But take heart! Gratitude is deep down inside of us. If you are having trouble kicking the blues because of a circumstance, be it big or small, I invite you into gratitude today.
Last week, I asked our staff to write three things on a card for which they are thankful, and then to list one thing on the back they wish would change.
After writing their thankful list, I asked them to keep the card with them, to pray and ask the Lord to reveal further blessing from these good gifts. This act helps us add to our gratitude bank, and allows us to appreciate what is often taken for granted.
So, I will ask you to do the same:
1. Make a list of things you are thankful for, and meditate on them.
What is God’s purpose for the blessings in your life today? What is holding you back from seeing the full picture of these gifts? Ask God to help you see more than your earthly heart and eyes can see. Invite the Spirit to help you enjoy these gifts better than you can on your own.
2. Write the thing you wish you could change. Then pray for it fervently.
God listens to our prayers. He wants you to approach his throne. Sometimes painful things hurt so bad that we don’t want to bring them to the Lord because we want to ignore them all together. Yet, the Lord authored healing. Whether you plead for the circumstance to change or for a new perspective, you will see results. Because prayer changes us and others, we know that our prayers are not in vain. God hears, and he sees. Best of all, He is good.
And guess what?
Gratitude breeds gratitude.
One day at a time, choose to be thankful, and before you know it, your response card will default at gratitude. And that is certainly the goal.
Happy Thanksgiving from QW.
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