Yesterday, as I sat in church, my phone vibrated in my pocket. “That’s odd. Who’s texting me on Sunday morning?” I thought. Pulling my phone out of my pocket, I sneaked a quick look at the name. It was one of my old students from my youth group days.
A few minutes later, I quickly glance at the message. The text was short and concise. Yet powerful enough to make my eyes tear up instantly. “Thank you for being such a big influence in my life.” The words leapt off the phone and sank into my soul creating a joy I am unable to manufacture on my own.
Being thankful does that for others. Somebody who genuinely says “thank you” after you do a good job or says something nice or treats others well, is more enjoyable to be around. That’s why my wife and I always joke by saying,
You need to have an attitude of gratitude.
Luckily, we are entering Thanksgiving week. A time which forces all of us extremely driven and fast-paced people to slow down, look around, and count our blessings. From family to friends to a roof over our head, there are endless joys God has given us. Pause this week and thank God for His faithfulness and goodness.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. (Psalms 107:1)
Let’s take a look at three areas we need to have an “attitude of gratitude.”
Thank God for “who” he has given you.
At the end of your life, you will care far less about the stuff you acquired and more about the people closest to you. Your friends, family, and those with influence are worth more than all of the stuff in the world. Thank God for each and every one of them.
Don’t stop there, though. Tell those you love, “Thank you.” Let them know today. Say it at your Thanksgiving meal. Whatever you do, don’t let another week go by without thanking the important people in your life. Your love and gratitude should not be a mystery. Paint a clear picture for them of how much they matter to you.
Thank God for “what” he has given you.
Regardless of the size and scope of your personal possessions, all of it is a gift from God meant to point you to His goodness. God blessed you not just for your own enjoyment, but rather that you would see how good and loving your heavenly father is. So like a good child on Christmas morning, thank your heavenly dad for his abundance of gifts.
Above all else we are blessed with God. The almighty, powerful, Creator of the universe wants to have a personal relationship with you. How amazing is that?We should daily thank God for this wonderful blessing.
Jesus will make your life greater and he will make you greater at life. Never stop thanking God for the endless blessing of Himself and His son.
What are you thankful for today?