A thankful heart is a big deal to God. If it matters so much to Him, then it ought to matter to us.
Colossians 3:15-17 says, “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body, you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”
Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, and our thoughts automatically turn to giving thanks for the abundance that God has given us throughout the past year. It’s easy to do so when the past year has brimmed with financial prosperity, strong relationships, and good health. It’s not so easy when the past 365 days have been wracked with sickness and loss. But according to these verses, God’s command to be thankful makes no differentiation.
Sometimes we express thanksgiving with a joyful heart; sometimes we do it through clenched teeth. Bottom line…we do it because God says so, not because we feel like it. And God blesses obedience. He knows that giving thanks in everything (not necessarily for everything) changes our perspective.
What are you thankful for today? Take a few moments to ponder. Make a list. Here’s a starter, based on what I’m thankful for (in no particular order):
- Vision to enjoy the beauty of nature
- The ability to hear music and children’s giggles
- Daily food
- Clean water
- Medical care available in our country
- Physical mobility
- A husband who is faithful to me
- My children and their spouses
- My grandchildren
- The knowledge that God is with me as I grow older each year
- Our home – a dry, safe, warm place
- Friends who encourage and challenge me
- Religious freedom
- The Word of God
- The joy/privilege of being in career ministry
- Seeing answers to prayer
- God’s financial provision
- The promise of heaven
How does your list compare? I’d love to see it. And I’ve love to hear how giving thanks when you didn’t feel like it impacted your perspective.
May your day be filled with songs of thanks!