Decide To Be Thankful
January 24, 2014
One of the most important choices we can make is the decision to be thankful. Being thankful, or not being thankful, may be the number one thing that affects our quality of life. A man can have mansions and plenty of money, have good health, a successful business, and even a fine family, but if he is not thankful, what good is it? For in being unthankful, he remains dissatisfied and unhappy. Does not a good life, or at least the perception of a good life, exist by being satisfied and happy? And do these not come as a result of being genuinely and deeply thankful?
Of course a person can be thankful and his thankfulness not be directed toward God. Such a man likely does not know God, and of course this would mean that his contentment is only temporary.
But, for those of us who do know God, we have every reason to be thankful. We have the Most High God as our God. He is our Deliverer –the One who delivers us from sin, sin’s consequences, and from all the fiery darts of the evil one. He is our Counselor, our Comforter, our Protector, our Teacher, and our Guide. He is also our Friend. And besides all these, God is also the One who gives us so many other wonderful things to enjoy –a sunshiny day, the ability to laugh and to sing, legs to run with, and on we could list.
If a person struggles with being unthankful, a good prescription for that is to fast. To fast coffee, sweets, the internet, or anything else, doing it for a day or two, or even for a week or a month, should certainly cure a person of unthankfulness. For how our thankfulness grows when we realize, upon depriving ourselves of what we normally partake of, how blessed we are to, at normal times, have those particular things. For example, how many of us give the Lord thanks for readily available water to drink? Going without water for 24 hours would certainly make us thankful for its availability! What about grocery stores so accessible? Resist going to a store for two weeks to buy what we “need”, and we will be much more thankful for that which is available to us there.
The point is, our hearts need to be continually thankful to God and we should be telling Him so with our words. This will cause us to think about those things He has provided for us, and such thoughts will make us even more thankful. And what does a thankful heart create? It creates in us feelings of happiness and contentment –those emotions which cause life to not only seem good, but to be good, and this, no matter what storms we’re riding at any given time.