We need to learn the secret of having an attitude filled with gratitude. We live in a day when people are not content with what they are and what they have. The most common words used by some people are, “If only.” They sit around and say, “if only I was thinner, if only I was richer, if only the kids would come, if only the kids would go.” They live in the world of, “if only.” In Philippians 4:6 the Apostle Paul says that we need to pray with thanksgiving. Many times our prayers go like this, “Lord please give me, Lord please help me and Lord please show me.” There are two words that should be added to those prayers. They are the words, “with Thanksgiving.” The issue with so many American Christians is that they are not content. The Apostle Paul speaks of contentment in Philippians 4:11-13, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Paul states that he has learned the secret. He doesn’t say he learned the principle or truth. Living in gratitude is a secret to most Christians. Let me make a list of what you should be grateful for.
- Things – The stuff of life. The food, clothing and shelter that God provides for you. Show gratitude for the stuff of life. The things you wear, the car you drive and the house you live in.
- Homes – Your home may not be a castle, but God provided it for you. Do you show gratitude for the house you live in? With so many people homeless today, you need an attitude of gratitude for your home.
- Always – In Matthew 28:20 Jesus says, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” He is with us now and for all eternity. His presence is more powerful to us than any blessing He may give.
- Newness – In Revelation 21:5 scripture says, “Behold I am making all things new.” Jesus does that when we are saved by His grace. He also does that every day with His blessings. One day in the future He will do that with the new heaven and new earth.
- Kindness – We show gratitude to God when we show kindness to one another. It is the ancient principle of the golden rule.
- Salvation – In John 3:16 Jesus states the principle that God showed His love in sending His one and only Son to this world. Our salvation is based on accepting His death for our sins.
This Thanksgiving focus on gratitude. Let’s join together and give God great gratitude for His blessings. Max Lucado says in his new book, “What you have in Christ is greater than anything you don’t have in life.”
Blessings of gratitude for His Blessings,
Rev. Richard Humphries
Pastoral Care & Sr. Adult Minister