…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eph. 5:20

In the Bible, giving thanks is not a suggestion or recommendation, but a command. God takes thanksgiving very seriously, as indicated by the more than 100 times it is mentioned in the Bible.

Do you take time each day to thank God for the things around you? If not, a suggestion might be to think of 10 things to thank God for, or to alphabetize your blessings. Possibly start your list with all the things we have to be thankful for at our church. You will never run out of reasons to say “thanks.”

As we begin to express our thanks to God, ingratitude and grumbling will disappear. Look at all God has done and things we have to be thankful for in Christ. Here are just a few: He adopted us into his family (Rom. 8:15); lavishes us with love (I John 3:1); generously gives wisdom (James 1:5); is rich in kindness, tolerance and patience (Rom. 2:4); and gives exceedingly abundant grace (I Tim. 1:14). He loves to give to us!

When we say thanks, we are celebrating a gift that God has given us. It gets the self-pity out of our system.

… whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phil. 4:8

In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

REFLECTION: How can I have an “attitude of gratitude” today?

PRAYER: Dear Father, please fill my heart with gratitude today for all the big and small blessings around me. Amen.

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