My fellow Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving more than a month ago. It’s the Americans’ turn this Thursday.
My husband and two of our kids are American citizens. We lived in Washington state for eleven years before moving north in 1996. Even after settling in Canada, we kept the American Thanksgiving as a Fox family tradition. This year will be no different even though our kids have flown the coop.
We hear alot these days about the importance of developing a thankful heart and of expressing gratitude. Doing so on a regular basis can literally change the brain as we focus on the good in our lives rather than on the negative. But let me offer another thought for consideration.
Psalm 119:5-7 says, “Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!”
As we seek to honor God with expressions of gratitude, let’s not limit them to words alone. According to this verse, we ought to give thanks through our behavior, honoring Him by living according to His commands.
Here are three examples to show how this works in practical terms:
- Jesus died so that we might experience forgiveness for our sins. We express gratitude to Him for what He’s done by doing what He says—we forgive those who hurt us.
- Jesus intercedes for us. We express gratitude for His prayers on our behalf by blessing others with ours.
- Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. We express gratitude to Him for this gift by engaging with the Spirit every day, by being aware of His presence and allowing Him to fill and control our lives.
If we profess to follow Christ, then our lives are meant to serve His purposes and bring Him pleasure. What greater pleasure might we give Him than to make our lives a continual, year-round offering of thanksgiving for all He’s done for us?
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