God desires for us to give thanks. His Word does not say when you feel like it or as time allots. No, he says in everything! When I feel like giving thanks and when I do not. When everything is sweet in life because it is in my favor and when everything has gone sour – despite how life is tasting at the present moment, I am to give thanks! Thanksgiving is not a one time, one day event. It is a lifestyle that we need to embrace and allow it to be a routine in our life so that people can hear how good our God is and how magnificent he is for all that he has done for us. People will learn about Jesus by us magnifying him!
“O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:3
I find that people do a lot of assumptions in life. We assume people know we love them, even though we do nothing to tell or show them love. We assume that things will work out and never usher a word of prayer. We assume that mom will just have dinner on the table and we never give words of gratitude for her work and effort to satisfy rumbling tummies. We assume that electricity will always be available, but do not know about the snow storm that has yet to make the weather channel that will leave us a week without it. We assume that everyone has needs met and we do not ask if anyone needs help. We assume that the car that is broken down on the side of the road has help on the way and we keep driving. We assume the elderly neighbor has someone checking in on them daily, yet they stare out a window just wishing for a phone call. We are an assuming nation. We take for granted that what is will always be.
I recently read this quote by Max Lucado, “If you were left with what you thanked God for yesterday, what would you have today?”
Wow, that can put a sting in your step and a seed in your thoughts. What did I thank God for yesterday? Did I even take a minute to thank him with a genuine, loving, appreciative heart or did I assume that he already knew it?
The Bible tells us to magnify the Lord. Do you think it is because he needs us to remind him how big and wonderful he is? No. It is an expression of love, appreciating what someone has done for us. How will people know what God has done for us if we do not express it? Our words bring Him to light. Our hearts of thanksgiving can spill over into someone else’s dark world and shed light for them to see. Thanksgiving is not a once a year event, it is a daily event. It should be part of how we are living. Before I go to bed, what shall I thank God for today? The ability to breathe, that I have a roof over my head and food in my stomach. That my family lived another day and I had another opportunity to be light in a dark world. What are you thankful for?
“I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
While we will sit down and eat turkey with family and all the trimmings this week and have a dollop of whip cream on top of pumpkin or pecan pie, what should be on our lips in addition to crumbs? Thanksgiving. Should this just be a once a year occasion, nope. This needs to be our lifestyle. May we move from a group of people who mumbles or only thinks about what we are thankful for and instead be a group of people who daily celebrates our thankfulness.
“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” ~ Harry Ironside
If you are discontent and dissatisfied, praise God for what you have not grumble about what you do not have. Let us be grateful for the good that we do have, for the things we already possess and for needs already met. We can be content and satisfied, stop and give thanksgiving and if next week you see dissatisfaction and discontentment creep into your mind and thoughts, stop and give praise for what you have! God is good. He supplies our needs. He is for us not against us. Let us thank him for all that he has given!
“Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples” 1 Chronicles 16:8