After the delicious Thanksgiving meal I had last week, I wish I could have Thanksgiving every day. But, I would probably need to buy new clothes if I ate like that every day. One thing I love about Thanksgiving is when our family reflects on what we are thankful for…but why can’t we do that every day?
At church on Sunday, our pastor talked about prayer and praising God. He shared 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
After hearing the sermon on Sunday, I started to think about being thankful. How often do I thank God compared to how often I give him a list of problems? I have found that when I am having a bad attitude, if I reflect on the good things God has done for me and blessed with with, my attitude improves. What if I lived each day with gratitude? How would my days be different?
No matter the situation, God wants us to have fellowship with Him and to have a thankful heart. Having a thankful heart during a difficult situation is definitely not easy. I don’t know how some people can have a thankful heart during such difficult times, but God will bless them and strengthen them through the difficult circumstance. So I have to praise God even during the difficult times? Definitely. Praise God when things are going well and praise Him during the not-so-good times. I wish being thankful during all situations would be easy, but it isn’t easy all the time.
In order to remember to have a grateful heart, I put sticky notes all around my room reminding me of all the blessings in my life. Yesterday was the first day of my gratitude project. God has blessed my life in so many ways, if I don’t take time to remember this, I am missing out.
As much as I would love eating delicious Thanksgiving food every day, it just isn’t going to happen. But what I can do is live with thanksgiving and gratitude each day. I am huge Veggie Tales fan. I watched Veggie Tales when it was on VHS (I must be ancient!). During Madame Blueberry, a song played that I just love.
“A thankful heart is a happy heart” –Veggie Tales
When you take time to remember the good in your life, your attitude and heart changes. How can you celebrate Thanksgiving all year long?