Thanksgiving In Season and Out
Tis' the season! It's the month of the year where we typically put extra thought into what we're thankful for and celebrate it with the Thanksgiving holiday. What a beautiful time.
And while it truly is a beautiful time to do this, it is also very important for the other 11 months as well. Just as the off season of rest, strength and conditioning, team-building, camps and practice are crucial to make a sports season the best it can be, so practicing thankfulness all year round during all of the circumstances we face is crucial to looking back on a year and seeing a blessed year where we realize Jesus was with us the whole time and showed himself faithful through everything.
Pray without ceasing.
Give thanks in ALL circumstances.
It's the will of God for us!
Think about some of the circumstances you've faced this past year. Can we say we were thankful in all of them? Probably not. Is it possible to be and should we try to be? Yes. And we should not wait to be happy and feel good to do so!
A thankful heart often takes intentional effort. It takes discipline and obedience in the times we are not feeling thankful. It's true. The feelings will follow. The Lord will reward a thankful heart. When we live in the will of God, that's what happens.
Do you remember the Veggie Tales song?
Because a thankful heart is a happy heart,
I'm glad for what I have, that's an easy way to start.
For the love that He shares, cause He listens to my prayers,
That's why I say thanks every day!
Especially if thankfulness is something we teach our children, it has to first be something we set an example for.