The Blessing of Thanksgiving
I recently read about a comedian's act that illustrates just how grateful
many people are. The comedian talks about being on one of the first
I sometimes wonder if there is a connection between chronic complaining
and pride or self-centeredness. Pride and self-centeredness can make it
Here is a small sampling:
"Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is
everlasting" (Psalm 107:1).
"Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks through Him to God the Father" (Colossians 3:17).
"Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of
thanksgiving" (Colossians. 4:2).
". . . in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ
"Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to
God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name" (Hebrews
It occurs to me that since God is not served by human hands as though He needed anything (Acts 17:25), thanksgiving is more for us than it is for God. A constant attitude of thanksgiving even in our requests helps open us up to the peace of God that guards our hearts and minds in Christ (Philippians 4:6-7). It helps to displace anxiety with peace. It helps eliminate the bitterness that drains joy. It opens eyes up to the blessings God rains down on his people. It helps to endear people to God and to others. It enables people to become encouragers rather than discouragers.
This means that we should work to make thanksgiving a part of our daily life. So take a few moments and thank God for blessings you have not thanked Him for in awhile.