Giving Thanks 365
December 1, 2013
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Thanksgiving is not just a holiday but it’s something we should be doing all the time, the other 364 days of the year. Being thankful is so good to do because it deepens our relationships with God and with each other, and it feels so good!
Thanksgiving being as wonderful as it is you’d think we’d have no trouble doing it, or remembering to do it. Actor Roberto Benigni said, “It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.” The Bible declares twenty-nine times the specific admonition to “give thanks.”
We can give thanks both vertically (to God) and horizontally (to others). It’s good to go both vertical and horizontal with thanksgiving!
God responds favorably to our being thankful to Him. He can draw nearer to a thankful heart, nurturing a deeper relationship with Him.
People appreciate being appreciated. It draws them closer to us. It nurtures a deeper relationship.
Sure, there’s always parts of life that aren’t the way we want them to be. On the other hand, there’s always something for which we can thank God and for which we can thank another person. Let’s do it! Can you think of a good reason not to?
“Give thanks in all circumstances, this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)