Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Words to Stand On - Gratitude is Where It's At
Did you ever meet an ungrateful person? If you're like me, you tend to shy away from spending time with a person affected by ungratefulness. What a downer to hang with someone who does not see any blessings in life!
"Always be joyful. Pray continually, and give thanks whatever happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NCV
God tells you how to be grateful. First of all, notice He first tell us to be joyful, not feel joyful. It's a decision. You decide to look for the joy no matter what the circumstances dictate.
When should we be grateful? Always! You can always be grateful about something!
This is a concept that the Lord cares a lot about. Look at these other passages:
"always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Eph. 5:20
This is not optional! God wouldn't ask you to do anything He won't empower you to do. There is always a reason to praise.
What do we give thanks about? Give praise in everything "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petitition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Phil. 4:6
(I know that I used this scripture in an earlier Word to Stand On, but it's just such an important concept!)
Be grateful in whatever you do: "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Col. 3:17
How do we give thanks? We live in an attitude of continual prayer, talking to Him throughout our day. If we are in constant communication, it's easy to say "Thank You, Lord" whenever we see a blessing. If we wait until a set time of day to pray, memories of those little blessings will be lost.
Lastly, why do we give thanks? We are always thanking God because we trust Him, we believe that He has our best interest at heart. If you really believe that with all your heart, you can be thankful - no matter the circumstance.
Thanks for joining me today for Words to Stand On. Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts on gratitude!