In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable Gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15
We are heading into what many consider to be the most stressful time of the year.
Keeping thankfulness in the forefront of our minds can be like a secret weapon against the stress of Christmas – what is supposed to be a joyous time of year. I am sure that God would not mind if we celebrated thankfulness and Christmas together; they are closely related. Remembering what God has done for us will always bring about thankfulness and help to keep stress in proper perspective. We can be hurried AND happy! Thankfulness can return you to a place of enjoyment of the celebrations that surround.
One of the secret weapons in the life of a Christian is thankfulness; I know I may sound repetitive, but I have to remind myself sometimes. The Bible is quite repetitive so I figure God figured we might need gentle reminders from time to time, another thing I am thankful for.
1. Thankfulness increases our faith. As we rejoice in what God has done, we are reminded that He will bless again. God never changes.
2. Being thankful removes feelings of loneliness and rejection; it is looking on the brighter side.
3. A thankful attitude yields more ambition and determination.
4. When we are thankful we probably feel we look better, or is it that we are more self-accepting? Answer: No. We do look better. Proverbs teaches that a merry heart yields a cheerful countenance.
5. Being thankful makes you kind. You will have more and better friendships.
6. A thankful, optimistic attitude is more likely to help you push through illness, or bypass it completely.
7. A thankful attitude improves both physical and mental health. This one I read as part of a scientific study. Interesting thing is that we knew it all along and it did not cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to reach this conclusion.
This is not an exhaustive list, but the first that came to my mind. My writing often encourages thankfulness; give thanks in everything! Try it! You may find yourself getting a little “slap-happy”, but this is God’s will for our life. If you have thoughts about thankfulness for the season ahead, leave a comment or contact me directly. I’d be thankful for it. WinkWink.
What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? Irma Bombeck