Here are some things about thanks from my pastor’s Bible study last week:
Giving thanks is a Christ characteristic. When Jesus gives thanks, He is exampling our dependence on God and the importance of humanity giving “thanks” to deity.
Make thanks a priority. Put God first on the thanks list; make thanks first on your prayer list; make thankfulness a foundation block of life.
Make thanks a habit.
Thanks can be a sacrifice. Sacrifice is intentional. It means loss, cost and surrender. Being thankful can cost us our feelings, preferences, priorities, pride, etc.
Thanks is associated with prayer and praise. Allow your faith, God’s power and goodness and your thankfulness to shape your worries into prayer, praise and thanks.
Thanks is associated with physical and emotional stability. Thankfulness is a powerful antidote for many of the emotional and physical problems of life. You can’t keep a thankful person down or an unthankful person propped up.
We do not have to be thankful for every situation but in every situation we can always find something to be thankful for and that will produce peace, rest and joy.
A grateful heart acknowledges God’s gift of giving us what we don’t deserve and NOT giving us what we DO deserve.
What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday.
Gratitude consists of focusing on what you have rather than on what you don’t.
Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.
Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.