Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.
A few years ago, I was sitting in Monday night Bible study and a young woman there shared something that totally changed my life. She quoted a saying you may have heard before, “What if tomorrow, you only had the things that you thanked God for today?” I thought about this for several days afterward and decided that I needed to start thanking God for what I have today. It’s easy for me to dream about tomorrow or get caught up in all of the things that I wish I had. But God is good to me right now and I need to show Him my gratitude for all that He does in my life today.
A little bit of thankfulness goes a long way. Imagine if you did everything for someone and they never once said thank you to you. It wouldn’t make for a long lasting relationship. Over time you would lose interest in helping them and then distance yourself from them too. Thankfully God isn’t like this. No matter how we act He always loves us and promises to care for our needs. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t say thank you to Him.
So, I begin thanking God each night for the things He has given me today that I can’t live without tomorrow. Here’s a list of some of them.
Where would I be if I didn’t have salvation in Jesus Christ? I would be lost and condemned. Salvation is definitely the top priority on my list of things I can’t live without and the one thing that I am most grateful for.
#2 My family
Every day I pray that God will take care of my family, and I’m sure that you do the same for yours too. I mention them each by name and ask God to take care of their individual needs. But I have also started saying thank you to God for them as well. This has made a big difference in my relationship with my family. I see them in a different light now because I recognize how thankful I am for each of them and the unique qualities they bring to my life.
#3 My home, food, car, clothes, etc.
Food, shelter and water, these are the basic necessities of life and I certainly don’t want to live without any of them, especially food. Nobody wants to go hungry. God has always been faithful to provide for me and my family. We may not always have everything that we want, but we always have what we need.
#4 My Country
What a privilege it is to live in a country where I am free to worship God! I am so grateful for the opportunity to live in a nation where I can express my views and practice my religion without fear.
#5 Answered Prayers
Like everyone I ask God to do certain things for me and then when He does them I conveniently forget that He has just answered my prayer. So, I have started to put into practice thanking Him in the moment for that answered prayer. But I also want to remember, during my nightly prayers, to say thank you again because I am truly grateful that He has heard me and cared enough to answer.
There are usually a few other things that happen throughout the day that I say thank you for but this list represents the things that I don’t want to live without the next day.
Saying thank you to God has had a huge impact on my life and my relationship with Him. I feel different, better in so many ways. The depression that I sometimes feel is diminished and I feel closer to God. Instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I choose to focus on what God has blessed me with already. That gratitude has changed my way of thinking and my outlook on life. God is good. Always good.
I hope that this will help you in some small way as you grow your relationship with Christ. My prayer for you today is that you will see all of the wonderful things God is doing in your life right now, give thanks to Him and be blessed by that thankfulness.
May God bless you greatly this Thanksgiving!