Thankfulness -- An Attitude. How Do You Thank God?
"Rejoice always! Pray consistently. Give thanks in everything, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
If I were to list the qualities of the people I admire, a thankful attitude would be at the top. Attitude will make or break a person in life and in athletics. Great wrestlers, great people, understand that the right attitude will set the right atmosphere for success by enabling those around you to follow your lead and triggering the kind of response you get from your teammates, family, friends or coworkers.
The great thing is attitude is a choice. We cannot control circumstances, but we can control our reactions. Knowing God is in control should affect our attitude. In fact, the verse above suggests that God's will is for us to rejoice and give thanks through our attitudes -- not always an easy thing to do. One of the most difficult disciplines in life can be learning to be thankful in all things. We take so much for granted, and can sometimes become demanding in our expectations of what we want to happen and things that we expect to get. We don't spend enough time each day thanking God for our abilities, friends, or the families he has given us. But when we take time to count our blessings, we also adjust our attitudes in the process.
Are you a person with a seriously thankful attiude? Hopeully so! After all, you and I have so much to be thankful for. Even during those times when you are angry, bored, frustrated, have failed or are just plain tired, we are all so very blessed. Think on who has given you all the blessings you enjoy. Your parents are responsible, of course, and so are your teachers, coaches, and friends. You are responsible in many ways too -- considering the effort and time you put into your dreams, goals, success, and your relationships. But, in truth, all of your blessings really start with God. That's why you should say "thank you" to God many times each day. He's given you so much. So thank him, starting now.
"And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:17
The bottom line is we are all imperfect and flawed. God's gift that matters the most is Jesus, an undescribable gift. He gave his only son, in place of our imperfections and sins. This is the one gift we cannot earn; the one gift that cannot be taken away.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
FCAW Daily Tip
The first step of thankfulness is to accept the gift of Jesus as your one and only savior. He died to cover our sins and imperfections -- something we all have. If you have already done this, awesome. If not, simple ask Jesus into your life and to forgive you of your sins. Once you ask for this gift, build your relationship with Jesus by spending time in prayer, in his Word, and honoring God by being who he created you to be. God's gift to you is who you are -- your talents, your personality, your physical being/abilities. Our gift to him should be who we become by using those gifts. Two of the most sgnificant questions you should ask yourself are: "Who am I?" and "Whom do I live for?" The answers to these questions not only determine the course of your life, but also have eternal consequences. We may stumble, we may fall, but honoring God with thanksgiving and praise -- in all things -- is what true faith is all about.
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Thankfulness -- An Attitude