Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Phillipians 4:6
Foreword: Manners, (most) children are taught them at a young age, to say “Please” and “Thank You.” Most adults don’t practice them?
I do! I practice them everyday! I say please and thank you accordingly, it doesn’t matter WHO you are stranger, or a waiter, or my mother. And I think it’s most important to thank God above all for the little things we take for granted: the ability to read, walk and talk as we please alone is a gift! Humans have become self-idolatrous, believing that we somehow have a “say” in life, we make all the decisions. No you don’t! You are reading this because of grace, you are alive in this season because of grace. “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” 1st Corinthians 15:10
You wake up, get out of your bed, get dressed for work/school, travel there, stay there, socialise, meet new people, interact, have fun, come back, go to bed and repeat cycle… and not for ONE SECOND whilst doing what you’re doing do you stop and just say “Thank You, God” Well I don’t know about you but I recognise when people don’t say their “thank-you’s”. Not that it will be the death of me but aspects of our character are revealed by the little things we (don’t) say or do. It takes a humility to acknowledge someone’s efforts let alone favour when you don’t deserve it. Some of us go on saying “It’s their job, why should I thank them” WOW! This blows my mind… This proud self-seeking mindset will get you.. erm.. wait.. ABSOLUTELY nothing! and nowhere! in life. You want to own a multi-million company, you want to be a leader, you want to be a CEO yet you can’t even acknowledge the efforts of diligent servants? YET you want people to leave their houses to come and work for your profit, AS IF!
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
The season of thanksgiving is one of my favourite seasons. When I really take time out to look back at where I’ve been, who I’ve met, the things I have done HOWEVER good/bad/silly/messed-up/disastrous/overwhelming/sinister/ I can conclude it all by just saying “Thank You Jesus!” Nothing, absolutely nothing in my history has ever left me in a position I couldn’t thank God for it, not a single thing. From the situations in my family life, my up-bringing, my education, my friendships, me relationships, my decisions I can honestly say I have “No Regrets” Why? Because 1) I have made a choice to master the art of thanksgiving 2) I believe that “…God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28
People that wallow and murmur and complain (just as the Israelites did) are only boxing themselves in. Complaining will not add a dime to your pocket nor a day in your life. If you glass is always half-empty you need to consider your outlook on life because when you think you are at your worst there is always somebody, somewhere worse off! I could list you over 100 reasons I shouldn’t be happy/thankful and of course I have days where I just do-not see the good in a situation, we all do. But I’ve made a decision; to know, that I know, that I know as long as I’ve given God everything in prayer, my next step is to say Thank-You and of course Praise… Pra-what!? P-R-A-I-S-E!! If I can some-up praise in one sentence: My Favourite Part of the Church Service.Praise and Thanksgiving are power twins in the kingdom, when you have something to thank God about, it invokes praise! I just wanna hoot, holla and shout in song and dance because I just get so overwhelmed in saying thank you!!! and I know [by Faith] that everything I thank God for, however small, he will multiply and so will my thanksgiving.
“If you had a child, and you gave her a toy that wasn’t really worth much in the eyes of the other kids BUT they still thanked you for it and they we SO happy AS IF they had the brand-new toys, would you not want to just buy them the top-of-the-range toy next time because you know they valued the small things. How much MORE will they say thank you”
Apply this principal to your life and watch the bigger things come you won’t even have the words to say, and just in case you have nothing to thank God for, I’ll give you two:
1 Chronicles 16:34- Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
Psalm 28:7- The LORD is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.