Throughout the Scriptures, we are reminded to give thanks to the Lord:
- “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1 NIV)
- “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” (1 Chronicles 16:8 NIV)
- “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)
- “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17 NIV)
God is so good and worthy to be praised but the scriptures’ call to gratitude has as much to do with our hearts as it does with God’s.
We set aside one day each year in November as a day to give thanks. We often gather with loved ones and enjoy a large feast. We list all our blessings for which we are thankful. But for too many of us, it ends there.
We get up from that table and go back to our normal routine. Instead of remaining in that attitude of thankfulness, we start grumbling about football game scores, dirty dishes, or long lines at the store.
I pray that our hearts will remain in an attitude of thanksgiving all year round. God is good every day, not just on the fourth Thursday in November. Let’s thank Him each day.
Rev. Carol D. Sparks
Hate Hurts. Grace Heals. Love Wins!