Thankfulness Brings a New Perspective

Thankfulness Brings a New Perspective

Despite the technology available today there are those who despair that their gadget doesn’t do what they want it to, or they don’t have the latest one on the market. Years ago, these inventions didn’t exist and we lived without them and our life went on. This is an example of how human nature is the same, no matter the century we live in. The Israelites had every need provided for them and miraculous interventions to deliver them from harm, yet they complained at every turn. Because of their ungrateful hearts, thousands did not enter the land God promised them.

According to Romans 1:21 unthankfulness can lead to a hard heart. Although they knew God they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks and their foolish heart was darkened. Gratefulness keeps our hearts soft before God.

Our first response to anything we go through should be to thank God because He is God and that He is the solution for whatever we are facing. Thanking him for the answer before we see any results shows we have faith in our Creator. When we feel fear and anxiety building up in our minds, we can remember Paul’s remedy to the Philippians when he told them to let their requests be made known to God with thanksgiving and peace would reign in their hearts (Philippians 4:6-8).

In America, we celebrate our Thanksgiving Day to commemorate the landing of the first settlers on our shores. The first thing the Pilgrims did when they arrived on the coast was to thank God for their journey and their new home. They had endured months of hardship and many had died, but they did not stop to complain; instead their perspective was on giving thanks. The colony they built was founded on thankful hearts and the result was wisdom to their leaders and aid from the Native Americans they met. Thankfulness was their foundation.

Rehearse Thankfulness Each Day

A good exercise for thankfulness would be to make a list of all things, large and small we are grateful for. Rehearing this list each day will help recall how important our thankfulness is. We take so many benefits for granted because most of us have lived with conveniences all our lives. We don’t know what it would be like to live without water; but many in the world walk miles to get dirty water because nothing else is available. Each time I turn on the faucet, I appreciate the clean water that flows through the pipes.

David said, Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1) and he was called a man after God’s own heart because he was a worshipper. Even after committing sin, David honored God by repenting and returning to the position of humility before his Lord. David’s attitude during His reign as king of Israel was one of thankfulness to the Almighty and God honored David with victories and favor.

No matter what we go through, putting our life in the proper perspective by elevating God above our problems will lighten our hearts and remind us our God is greater than anything we can face.

A thankful heart will lighten any load we bear.

 

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Barbara Latta About Barbara Latta

Barbara Latta’s desire is to help others find intimacy with God through a deeper understanding of the power of the Word. She writes a monthly column in her local newspaper and contributes to devotional websites and several anthologies. She is a board member of the East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers. Barbara posts on her blog.

Comments

  1. Great reminder to count our blessings! The Lord loves a thankful spirit. Thanks for sharing, Barbara!

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  2. Thanks for for your comments, Cynthia!

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  3. Beautiful, encouraging words!! Thank you!

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  4. Thank you, Linda. Have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

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