Over the past couple of weeks, the concept of thankfulness has been knocking on my front door. It began one night, when I was just not feeling happy. I prayed something like this, "I have nothing to be sad about, why do I feel down Lord?" and so clearly, I received my answer. "Because you're not thankful enough for all you have."
I pondered on this, and came to the conclusion that the root of complaining, sadness and bitterness is lack of gratitude. That night I resolved to challenge myself to become grateful and verbally express that gratitude, even in the smallest things. Ever since, I feel like my life has been defined and miraculous.
The next day, while reading my bible, I came across Psalm 50 in my daily plan, and it confirmed that God was trying to teach me something:
Psalm 50: 7-15
"O my people, listen as I speak,
Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
I am God, your God! I have no complaint about your sacrifices.
But I do not need bulls from your barns or the goats from your pens.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for all the world is mine and everything in it.
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
Then call on me when you are in trouble and I will rescue you.
But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.
Since this revelation dawned on me, I am making a conscious effort to take nothing for granted. While doing this, I have learned that God will only give you more when you are thankful for what you have now. Verse 15 above says, and I paraphrase, make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and then you can call on him when you are in trouble.
Two things from that:
- Thankfulness is a sacrifice.
- You will not receive help from God until you become thankful.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Once again, first comes thanksgiving, then come the blessings.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 2 Thes. 5:16
So today, I challenge you to take on an attitude of gratitude. To see the good in everything, and as you do, I promise you will be a happier person for it.
“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein
“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” — The Hausa of Nigeria
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward