by Cynthia Jennings | November 27, 2019Giving Thanks
We often hear the words “thank you or thanks.” But have you ever taken the time to really dissect the heart of the meaning of these words?
Sometimes these words are said with a sincere and honest heart other times these words are said out of habit then there are times when these words are not said at all.
Scriptures tell us “in everything give thanks.” Is this phrase something we can honesty say we do daily with intentionality?
We have hectic schedules with daily lives that are sometimes exhausting, overwhelming and don’t forget about the ever-present need to problem solve every moment of the day. With all this going on often a forgetfulness of the “good” things in our lives get overlooked. We can become so focused on the hard, urgent and not so good stuff that we miss the opportunity to give/say thanks. If we become intentional in taking the time daily to stop and give thanks. I’m not just talking about giving thanks to those around us, but give God thanks. When we do this, we will be able to put life into a perspective that will minimize the not so good stuff and pleasantly magnify the good things.
Saying thanks is good for us! As we profess our gratefulness in ALL circumstances (without complaining), we’re not only like Christ, but we’re also exercising power over darkness. The enemy longs to get and keep us frustrated and discouraged thus often giving in to our flesh. Saying thanks opens a door for God’s presence and blessings.
Giving thanks is a reminder to us. Our minds are opened to recall all the times we’ve trusted God and He seeing us through all the difficult times. Thus, further making us aware of how every good and perfect thing we’re blessed with is from Him.
I’ve always tried to be intentional in saying thank you to anyone who does anything for me. It’s my way of acknowledging their thoughtfulness. But lately I have really been thinking abut if I’m just as intentional in giving thanks to God for ALL that He has done for me, but more importantly for who He is.
PEARLStoPONDER: Is your thanks sincere and glorifies God?
Psalm 107:1— Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
1 Thessalonians 5:18--give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.