Set a New Course for Thankfulness
It is so easy to be negative, isn’t it? It seems to come so naturally to our flesh to think on, ponder or consider all the things that annoy us, irritate us, frustrate us, anger us, disappoint us, and so on. The longer that we dwell on those things the easier it is to give them a home in our heart—open the door, invite them in, let them spend the night, give them the best of our attention, energy and effort… We make them at home so often that they can become a constant part of our daily routine and mindset. Ironically, I don’t think I have ever read anywhere in the Bible that we are to give a home to negativity; in fact, quite the opposite! And yet, so often we do…
Paul says to believers: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8
How do we get there, though? The easiest road that I know—I say “easy” but it is actually hard because it requires a little taming of the flesh, which is always unpleasant…the easiest road I know to combat negativity and reset our course and to think the way Paul advises is thankfulness. It may be a bit difficult at first, but like anything, with a bit of practice, thankfulness will actually become pleasant. And by the way, it is always easy to be thankful when we are “feeling” it, but it is another story to implement it when we are in thethroes of our negativity.
But the psalmist in Psalm 92:1-2 says: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord,and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,and Your faithfulness every night…” Not only is it good to give thanks, but the Bible again and again encourages and in fact commands it—Psalms, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Hebrews, etc. And look here at 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” It actually says that it is the WILL of God that you give thanks! Wow!
This week, as we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, let’s set a new course for thankfulness in our hearts—not to begin and end with this week but to become a Holy habit that we adopt each day, a pleasing sacrifice to our Lord.
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