I may have mentioned this in an older post, but hey, it is the perfect time to mention it again. In my home in the center of one wall I have a very large quote that can be seen as you enter, as well as when you exit, that states “There is always something to be thankful for.” I placed the quote in that spot to purposely remind me and my family to count our blessings.
With the busy lives most of us lead, expressions of thanksgiving to God may not occur outside of mealtime prayers, if that. Words of thanks and praise seem to find few places to surface as we rush through our day. We manage to find the time to ask God for something, but how often do we just say “thank you”? The Bible teaches that giving thanks should be a priority.
Although it may take time to remember to thank God for everything, having a grateful attitude will allow us to see our relationship with Him in different perspective. We will understand our great need for God and stay humble before Him and the people around us. Let’s be a blessing to God and others as we concentrate on developing and expressing a heart of thanksgiving.
Here’s a great way to show an attitude of gratitude toward others
Notes of Gratitude: Writing allows us to slow down, reflect, and choose our words carefully. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells us to “encourage one another and build each other up…” We all want to feel as though we matter, especially to those we love and care for. When we thoughtfully tell people what they mean to us it lifts up their spirit.
• If you have a husband or significant other, write a letter detailing why you’re thankful for them. And then wait until you have some alone quiet time to read it aloud to them.
• If you have children, write a letter to each of them, separately. (Even if they are young. Believe me, they’ll treasure it someday.) If you have teens, perhaps leave the letters in their rooms for them to “discover” and read alone. Identify their strengths and encourage them with appreciative comments of their positive characteristics.
• Keep several little note cards in supply. Then once a month, ask God to show you someone to bless — a neighbor, bus driver, scout leader or co-worker. A simple note saying “I thank God for you” will suffice.
I believe in God and I am in no way trying to push my beliefs onto anyone. Yet, regardless of what or whom you believe in, it never hurts to show your gratitude toward those you love, care about or others in general.