Thankfulness! This is the time of year we once again focus on the meaning of this word and how it can impact our life and the lives of those around us.
I have found that if we are truly to be worshippers in the way God intends us to be, we must be thankful on a daily basis, and not just one day a year with a brief prayer before an amazing meal, and a few football games and a nap! (Not necessarily in that order).
My encouragement today is to be a people who practice thankfulness on a daily basis. When we practice this wonderful discipline, we will then find our worship flows to God in a much more meaningful way. We will also discover that our relationships with family and friends will become more solid than ever before.
With a thankful heart, you will always be able to find blessings throughout your days. Take a moment to enjoy this short story which illustrates this truth. If one should give me a dish of sand, and tell me there were particles of iron in it, I might look for them with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to detect them; but let me take a magnet, and sweep through it, and it would draw to itself the most invisible particles. The unthankful heart, like my finger in the sand, discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day, and as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find some heavenly blessings.
I used the word “practice” before in sharing the way we should implement and use thankfulness in our daily lives. That word implies discipline and intentional action and thoughtfulness. In other words, it really does not come naturally, but the more we put it into practice we are able to live in such a way it is no longer something we must “think about” too long before we do it!
One of the major differences between a professional golfer and a non-professional is that the pro has practiced the myriad of little things that goes into making a great golf swing so that eventually it comes naturally without thinking!
Wouldn’t that be a great way to live? Can you imagine the changes that would take place in our communities, churches, and even our nation if we could simply “practice” thankfulness?
Well, let’s go for it!
Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV) 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Pastor John Doe