In Part 1, I wrote that being thankful is God’s will for Christians.
In Part 2, I wrote about some health benefits of being thankful.
Today, in Part 3, we’ll look at 10 ways to become more thankful.
Do you desire to be more thankful? I’m not a naturally thankful person but I’ve learned some ways to be more intentional with my thanksgiving, every day, not just in November. We get to choose out attitudes. When I mess up, I’m especially grateful for a chance to try again.
We can easily turn into a bitter, selfish person when we are not thankful. Especially for the small things in life. We take so much for granted. Optimists are grateful for the small things.
Contentment and joy flow from a thankful heart.
When we are not content, it’s time to check our thankful scale. Our words will tell us if we are grateful or ungrateful. Are they nice? Are they positive? Do they encourage someone? Are they gossip? Critical?
Ingratitude is a sin. All through the Bible we are commanded to be thankful. Why? Because God has blessed us so much.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Romans 1:21 NIV
How do we become more thankful? Here are some ways to get us started:
- Start a gratitude journal. Write daily something you are truly thankful for.
- Look around you and appreciate what you see.
- Spend time with God expressing your thanks and praise to Him. He desires our worship.
- Read about gratefulness. It will help you change your thoughts.
- Be satisfied with what you have. It comes from God. 1 Chronicles 29:12-14
- Appreciate the people in your life. Tell them. Do an act of kindness for your child or spouse. For no reason other than you appreciate them. Kids need to be encouraged. We all need to be encouraged.
- Pray before your meal as a way of thanking God for His provision.
- When you shower or bath, appreciate the water. Many do not have this luxury
- Be faithful to church. Many do not have this luxury either. Thank your Pastor for the message. Thank the worship team or choir for their faithfulness.
- Volunteering is an act of gratefulness. Giving back. There is an opportunity just for you.
Our United States and what they are grateful for.
I found this map on this article: The Geography of Gratitude
Will you join me in being more intentional with thanksgiving? Please leave a comment or send an email. We’re on this journey together.
Father, My prayer is to express my thankfulness to You and those in my life who are a blessing. Help me to hear my words, especially when they are not nice, so that I may ask your forgiveness. May I not take for granted all the many blessings you have given to me and my family. I desire a thankful heart. Please change me Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen