Attitude Of Gratitude
With Thanksgiving Day rapidly approaching, I was recently reminded of a practice I have been trying to put into place. At the end of every day I ask myself a series of questions they are as follows.
What happened in the past day?
What did I achieve today?
How am I feeling right now?
What am I grateful for today?
What am I worried about?
What could I have done better today?
What can I do to move forward with my goals?
What did I say “no” to today?
What did I read or hear?
What I want to focus on is that question “what am I grateful for today?” You see this question has forced be daily to come up with things I am grateful for and I have made a rule that these can’t just be general answer’s like family etc.
You see being grateful has at its core thanksgiving which the Lexham Bible Dictionary defines as The act of offering thanks or being thankful, usually to God. Often connected to provision, deliverance, or God’s character. Commonly, associated in Scripture with meals and worship.
The idea of thanksgiving is prominent in the Psalms and in the New Testament it is tied to the concept of grace. Of course as Christians we can look to Christ as our supreme example for Thanksgiving. “The New Testament records Jesus offering thanksgiving to God on several occasions. For example, when reflecting upon the division between those who accepted Him and those who rejected Him, Jesus thanks God for hiding His plans from the wise and revealing them instead to little children (Matt 11:25; Luke 10:21). Also, before raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus thanks God for hearing Him (John 11:41–42). The most notable accounts of Jesus giving thanks are during His feeding miracles and at the Last Supper.”
Chris McKnight, “Thanksgiving,” ed. John D. Barry et al., The Lexham Bible Dictionary (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016).
We know the scripture has much to say concerning thanksgving as I have already spoken of in the Psalms and from Jesus for example we have
We have New Testament verses such as “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you,” from 1 Th. 5:18. Even in the final book of the Bible Revelation 11:16-17 And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.
So perhaps we need to really have an attitude of gratitude not just when thanksgiving is approaching, or when someone might read it on social media or even when things are going great. It was Thomas Kempis who said
“Whoever loves God receives from His hand the bitter as well as the sweet, and both with equal gratitude. And he who holds little by man, or by his own exertion, but puts all his trust in God, walks in the way that is right and good, and nothing shall turn him out of it.” Let us have an attitude of gratitude not matter what may come know our God is sovereign over all. What will you be grateful for?
1 WE thank Thee, Father, for the love
Which feeds us here below,
And hope in fairer realms above,
Celestial feasts to know.
Charles H. Spurgeon, 1866.