In these few days before our Thanksgiving feasts and times with family and friends, we will no doubt think about and even express our appreciation, our gratitude, and our gratefulness. Rightly so!
“We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.” …C.S. Lewis
“Let us thank God heartily as often as we pray that we have His Spirit in us to teach us to pray. Thanksgiving will draw our hearts out to God and keep us engaged with Him; it will take our attention from ourselves and give the Spirit room in our hearts.” …Andrew Murray
“Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.” …A.W. Tozer
“The height of devotion is reached when reverence and contemplation produce passionate worship, which in turn breaks forth in thanksgiving and praise in word and song.” …R. Kent Hughes
“A thankful heart is one of the primary identifying characteristics of a believer. It stands in stark contrast to pride, selfishness, and worry. And it helps fortify the believer’s trust in the Lord and reliance of His provision, even in the toughest times. No matter how choppy the seas become, a believer’s heart is buoyed by constant praise and gratefulness to the Lord.” …John MacArthur
“Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grows.” …Henry Ward Beecher
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
Being thankful and giving thanks does a lot for us. We are better off and more ourselves when we express gratitude, because thanks does. This action of communicating appreciation is a key factor in life. We are command to be thankful:
1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
We are encouraged to convey thanks to our good God:
Psalm 107:1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!
Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We are challenged to live out a thankful disposition…
Colossians 3:15-17 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Thankfulness is not just a state of mind but actions; words of appreciation and actions of gratitude….because thanks does!
I heard a person who was a generous, giving, and helpful say that they are just seeking to live each day as a thank you to God. They recognized God’s great love, grace, and blessing and so had sought to live a life of appreciation to God…because thanks does. This week, as you gather with family and friends, be thankful…and do thanks; be helpful, be kind, be loving, be affirming, be interested, be attentive, be all-there, be generous, be graceful, be sacrificial, be last, be complimentary, be quick to praise, be first to assist, and be smiling!…for thanks does.
As well, take a moment or two and pray a prayer of thanksgiving to God; thank Him for His lovingkindness, salvation, help, His presence, and the many blessings He so graciously has given us.
Psalm 100:1-5 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! 2 Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! 3 Know that the LORD, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! 5 For the LORD is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.
Seeking to be and do thanks with you,