AKA- ideas mentioned around the time of November, when everyone becomes excited about turkeys and football.
As I’m sure you know, being grateful isn’t just for Thanksgiving. It’s a way of life. It’s finding joy in the hard times, and giving thanks even when things look bleak. Counting blessings should be as natural as breathing.
Unfortunately, I often choose the path marked by discontentment and complaints. And this is something I want to change. I don’t want to be quick to complain. If I don’t like something, I want to learn to keep my mouth shut. I want the phrase “Thank you *insert name,* for *whatever*” to become a natural way of speech for me.
And I challenge you to do the same.
Because, not only do we have countless physical possessions to be grateful for, we also have a God who sent his only son to earth to die for us. If there’s anything we should be thankful for, that is IT.
Colossians 3:17 is a fairly common verse. I heard it TONS of times growing up. “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (ESV, emphasis added). Teachers at my private school constantly reminded us to do everything for the glory of God… but I haven’t heard the “giving thanks” part of this verse as much.
I don’t think the way Paul worded this verse was a mistake. If we’re doing everything in the name of Jesus, it’s only natural that thanksgiving should flow from our hearts.
And I want that. I want thanksgiving for all that Jesus has done for me to flow from my heart. Especially as Easter approaches- what better time to give thanks to God?!
I recently discovered Emily’s blog, Ember Grey. Every Monday, she hosts a “Grateful Heart” link party, and I think I’m going to participate in it, as much as I am able, for a while. I think it’s a brilliant idea to start off each week by being grateful, and I’m excited to be a part of it.
So, to kick start this attitude of gratitude: THANK YOU EMILY FOR THIS LINK UP OPPORTUNITY!!
Many blessings, sweet friends, and may you have a wonderful week with an attitude of gratitude!
*This post was linked up to Grateful Heart Monday.