When We are Thankful, we take less for granted. We are happier, more generous, more appreciative, etc. From the time we are born we were taught little phrases of respect and gratitude, such as ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. A toddler’s inner nature is to take and not give! E.g. “Mine” is one of the first new words when we begin to learn how to talk.
Growing up as a twin I think we fought over every toy, game, and puzzle because it was ‘mine’! We had to learn how to share and if we didn’t well mom would take the game or toy away until we learned how to be thankful and share. (I Think I’m still learning this lesson especially with the TV remote!)
Selfishness, stinginess, greed, etc. are attitudes most of us still experience even as adults. We learn how to manipulate at such a young age to get what we want. This time of year kids become sweeter and nice because “Santa Claus is coming to Town!”
What I have learned about gratitude and being thankful:
It helps me to be more generous and respectful. In difficult times and circumstances, we can focus on God and thanking Him, even in our losses of suffering and grief. We may not like what we are going through, but our attitude and trust in the Lord gives us the strength and grace to move forward in spite of our circumstances. This teaches us that God is in control of our lives and does care, even when it hurts.
It helps me to appreciate the little things in life. How about you? You may not have much in material things or wealth, but are you grateful for everything? Have you ever been thankful for a hot shower or the switch that puts the lights on?
It helps me to be considerate of others when I’m thankful. How about letting that mother with two hyper kids or a senior citizen with a shopping cart go before you in the checkout line. We really do not know what other people are going through or what burdens they are carrying.
It helps me to give and share to the less fortunate and those experiencing hardship, especially these past couple of years.
“In everything give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you in Jesus Christ” 1 Thess. 5:18
“Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy and lovingkindness are everlasting, His faithfulness [endures] to all generations”.
Psalms 100:4-5 AMP
Have a grateful and bountiful weekend my friend!