It is easy to make a mental list of the things we’re thankful for as Thanksgiving approaches. The second November hits, we see our friends’ social media posts about what they’re thankful for and decide to hop on the bandwagon.
Don’t get me wrong… it’s wonderful to express your gratitude during November. I hope you do! We just need to all remember something: thankfulness is a choice.
During the year, it is easy to get caught up in the distractions of life. Satan tries to gain victory in our spiritual walks by making us busy. As our calendars fill up, we can quickly lose sight of the blessings surrounding us.
The key is to stop, pause and look around. Take stock of what the Lord has provided for you.
Additional to all the tangible blessings God has given, we can also always be grateful for the most important one: sending His Son to die on the cross for our sins.
God sent His only Son, Jesus, to come to earth as both a human and the Savior of the World. Jesus took our place on the cross and died for our sins that we might live forever with Him. That is the Gospel. And, that is the greatest gift any of us will ever receive because of the magnitude that we didn’t deserve it.
So, we always, always, always have a reason to rejoice and be thankful.
I know there are certain seasons of life that make expressing gratitude more difficult than others. That is why it is a choice.
We have to wake up in the morning and put on gratitude, choose thankfulness.
It’s easier said than done. Like I mentioned earlier, we can get distracted and caught up in our small worlds.
How can we practically choose thankfulness every day?
- Start keeping a Gratitude Journal. Challenge yourself to write down 5 things you are thankful for at some point in the day. Date them so that you can flip back and physically see the blessings that the Lord freely bestows upon you throughout the day.
- Wake up in the morning and say that you’re going to choose thankfulness. Starting your morning out with an attitude of appreciation will transform how your day plays out because your heart is in the right place.
- Let your friends know that you’re working on being thankful. Ask them for prayer and accountability as you walk through this. Have them ask you what you’re thankful for. We are not meant to walk through life alone. Having your friends there for prayer, love and support will make all the difference.
It is possible to stay thankful throughout the year. We just have to make the daily choice.
Will you choose thankfulness today?