It’s the season of giving thanks.
A couple years back, some friends of mine began what is now
called The Thanksgiving Challenge. Beginning November 1st, we use
our Facebook status to give thanks for something or someone or anything we are
thankful for. We’ll do this everyday throughout the month.
Here are a few reasons why I think it’s a good thing to be
not only be thankful but to also express our thanksgiving.
- Being thankful keeps me from fretting over what I do not
have. My eyes are opened to all that I do have. Its crystal clear then that not
only are all my needs met, I see just how abundantly blessed I am beyond what I
need. I’m not so easily suckered into thinking I ‘have-to-have’ all that I see
because I recognize all that I already have. The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
- Being thankful helps me to recognize and be mindful that
every good and perfect gift is from God. All that I have and all that I am is
his. My ego stays in check. James 1:17
- Being thankful allows me to have a spirit of gratitude which
leads to joy and contentment in all circumstance in life, especially the
painful and difficult ones. All of which are evidence of the Holy Spirit in our
lives. Gal. 5:22
- Being thankful keeps me humble and ultimately draws me
closer to my Heavenly Father. Phil. 2:1-11.
So far during this thanksgiving season, I am thankful for
getting the giggles with friends. I'm thankful for my family who serve me daily with joy in doing so. I'm thankful that
I get to be an aunt to some pretty rad nieces and nephews and I’m thankful that
as a woman I can wear blue jeans and even reveal my ankles without shame.
I have many more days to express all that I am grateful for. My hope is that I become a person in who a spirit of thanks is an attribute that reflects the goodness of a good God!
Having a heart of thanks is contagious. I hope you’ve caught
it bad this season!
Why is it important to you to give thanks publically and what are you thankful for?
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Col. 2:6-7