Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
We have been told that being thankful and saying ‘thank you’ is polite and kind, but gratitude is also amazingly beneficial to our whole being. In an online Forbes Magazine article entitled 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round, evidence was given that gratitude is good for us. The article cited studies that reveal showing appreciation opens opportunity for future connection. It seems that we being thankful and showing gratitude make us more attractive to others to continue a conversation with or seek more interaction with. I know I have observed this in people at our local coffee shop. One woman, as she received her coffees, looked the barista in the eye, smiled and said, “Thank you.” The worker responded with a surprised but hearty, “You’re Welcome!” Others noticed the woman’s appreciation and helped her get her drinks together as another observer opened the door for her and say, “Wow, I bet your office is going love you this morning.” They exchanged a few more words as the conversation faded with the closing of the door. I even think the guy that held the door also helped get her car door. However, up came another customer, not in a thankful mood at all and barked out, “Where are my drinks.” The same barista handed them to the customer with a smile and, “Here you go!” The customer made no appreciative comment, no ‘Thank you,’ but utters an auditable disapproving ‘tah.’ What was very obvious is no one sought to help this guy pull together his drinks and as he headed for the door, people just got out of his way and basically avoided him. Being thankful connects us to others.
The Forbes article goes on to say that expressing gratitude has proven to improve heath, increase happiness, and reduce aggression. Thankful people are also proven to sleep better as spending a few minutes writing out what you are grateful put you in a more positive state that leads to deeper and longer sleep. Also, acknowledging those things you are thankful for, even in the midst of difficulty, builds emotional strength and resilience. I was just talking to my daughter who is a bit apprehensive about going back to work after her second child. Yet, in recounting all the blessings and ways God has provided help, her thankfulness is easing her anxiety.
Being thankful is truly good for us. This is why God encourages us to be grateful.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:17 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.
Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
And since James 1:17 of the Bible says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change,” we should be thankful to God.
Psalm 95:2-3 Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Psalms 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!
Psalms 106:1 Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!
Psalms 107:1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!
So what are you thankful for? Why not take time to express your gratitude, not just the day of Thanksgiving, but start making appreciation a daily practice. Maybe even start a “Thankfulness Journal” and each night before you go to bed jot down a few expression of gratitude.
Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Be thankful. Gratitude is good for you!! Church is a great place to express thankfulness to God and contemplate those things in life we appreciate. If you do not already have a church you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our Branch Churches. Our website can direct you: http://cypresschurch.net/. We would love to connect with you.
Oh and thank you for reading this.
Seeking to be more thankful along with you,