"Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me." Psalm 50:23
In the midst of all the madness that is going on around us, we can and should take the time to remember our blessings and say thank you God.
It is easy to get distracted and discouraged all at the same time. But we have to be strong enough to focus on what is right instead of what is wrong and be grateful that things were not worse for us. And yes, we can give thanks even as the joints may hurt; or the food cupboard is not as filled as we would like it to. Thanks giving should ne a natural part of our day because we are still blessed in spite of the distractions or appearances.
Some people say that they have nothing to give thanks for and I do not think that this is true at all. What about the fact that you are alive? Isn't that a lot to thank God for?
To a great extent, we are responsible for the quality of life that we live. We cannot blame God and everyone else whenever things are not working as we wished. And what we really can do at those times is to still say 'thank you God.' because it could have been worse.
"Thank you God for life and loved ones" is my mantra everyday. As we mature, we hopefully get to understand what truly matters. And so, while I still have challenges like everyone else, my focus is more on what I can give thanks for – and I am realizing that the challenges seem to be taken care of with less stress as I express gratitude more. And no, it is not magic; it is simply that what we think and talk about becomes our true experience.
Yes, it is that simple.
Thanksgiving to God tends to bring our attention to the simple pleasures of life. Playing with my one year old granddaughter over the last week end swelled my heart up with gratitude so much, to the point where my eyes welled up with tears of joy. When we make the time for what really matters, we see just how much we can say thank you God for.
Instead of complaining about my lot in life, I can try to empathize with those who have not yet understood the importance of giving thanks everyday. It is understandable why we are complaining about our personal lives so much because it is our culture to complain.
Listen to our conversations – it is always about who's done what wrong, and what they shouldn't do - on and on. We talk endlessly about how our lives not good enough; who took what from us; about how things are never going to get better; all self fulfilling prophecies - while some are so contented with what some may consider insufficient – and they are happy.
Contentedness is different and much more soothing to the spirit than being anxious all the time - losing sleep and health - because when we are contented, we can seek to improve our circumstances even as we give thanks for the known and unknown blessings in our lives. I say this all the time as well –'Thank you God for all that you have done for me, for what you are doing and for all that you will do.'
Our faith is strengthened as we practice to give thanks as part of our daily routines. I also like to think that giving thanks to God for what we do not even know about says that we have a vision for what can be, and things – the good things in life – come to us easily and speedily when we give thanks all the time.
It may not be such a good thing to compare your lot in life to someone else's either. You know it has been said that the grass looks greener on the other side? Well, I am not bothered about anyone else's grass; I am too caught up in tending to, and thanking God for - the grass that I have.
And not all our blessings are the tangible things in life. What about all the love we receive for the fantastic people in our lives; the air we breathe; the freedom we enjoy; the health we may take for granted; abilities to think, to see, hear, smell, speak? Come on people, everyday should be thanks giving day for us.
A grateful heart does a body a lot of good. It also changes our days from dull to bright, and allows us to see much more clearly how much good we have to celebrate in our lives.
Thank you, God. Thank you, God. Thank you, God.
So LET US walk on water for 'little faith panics; growing faith prays and seasoned faith walks on water in the midst of the storm."