Tomorrow is the day where everyone will be thankful! We will post about what we’re thankful for and go around the table sharing our thanksgiving. Being thankful is so important in life that I want to share why we should remain thankful the other 364 days of the year!
Psalm 100 is a psalm of thanksgiving and the most quoted scripture on Thanksgiving every year. This should be a daily psalm, not a yearly psalm!
We enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.
It’s pretty clear that if you’re not regularly thankful, then you’re not regularly entering into God’s gates. We are not able to get close to God without thankfulness.
I’ve heard thankfulness described as an antidote; medicine for our selfishness, depression, pride, greed, hopelessness, and the list goes on. When you’re thankful you can’t be in a bad mood!
If you don’t have a habit of thanksgiving God won’t move powerfully in your life. When God does something He wants you to thank Him, not because He needs it, because we need it. We need to recognize what came from God so that we trust Him when we find ourselves with the next need. God also wants other people to see that He is a Provider, that He cares about people, and that He desires to give us good gifts.
Thankfulness can be an act of remembrance, acknowledgement, and faith. We should be thankful for what God has done for us, thankful for what He’s in the middle of doing, and thankful for what He’s going to do.
I love how Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead after four days in the tomb. Come on, His friend is dead, people are mourning, it looks hopeless, why couldn’t Jesus have shown up last week when we needed Him! Then Jesus sets the example of thankfulness as we hear the first words that He prays: “Father, I thank you” (John 11:41-44). At that very moment Jesus enters the gates where His Father is. Jesus has the faith that He is listening to every word, before anything physically happens.
Being thankful before anything happens, before anything changes or shifts, is what shows our faith!
On a practical note if you struggle with being thankful start writing down all of the good things, big and little, Most of the time the little things are actually the big things. I can tell you that when you intentionally look for opportunities to be thankful then they will never run out!
So be thankful today! Be thankful for yesterday, be thankful for today, and be thankful for tomorrow. We can always be thankful for tomorrow because we know that God is going to do great things for us and through us. We know that He is watching over us and loves us with an everlasting love. We know that He works all things together for good, even what looks dead. We can be thankful for what God does, and more importantly for who God is!