It’s about that time of year! Getting together with family, enjoying the autumn colors, and being thankful.
I’m sure we all know that it’s easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated during this time of year. With all the shopping, cleaning, and making sure everything is perfect for guests, our Thanksgivings can turn into stress-filled days.
Yet, even through all of the madness and rushing around, whether you’re busy preparing food, traveling, or simply just feeling worn out, there is still a chance to have a grateful heart.
Pause for a moment; take a deep breath; and be reminded of what Thanksgiving is really about.
I know that in the midst of all the craziness, it can be hard to focus on what really matters, but I’ve been reminded that I really do have blessings to be thankful for.
So here are 5 Reasons to be Grateful This Thanksgiving!
1. We serve a loving and merciful God!
It says right in Psalm 106:1, “Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.”
Isn’t it amazing that we serve a God who is loving all of the time? It’s can be so easy to lose our temper when people get on our nerves, but God isn’t like that.
It says in Psalm 136:1, “O, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. For His mercy endures forever.”
Just think about how many times we mess up. No matter what we do, God still loves us and, if we confess and repent of our mistakes, He will always forgive us. That’s something to be thankful for!
2. Every day that we live is a chance to reach out to someone.
Every moment of your life counts. The Lord can use you to make a difference in someone’s life; whether it’s by a smile, an encouraging word, lending a hand, or simply letting someone know that you’re here for them. We all have those days when it seems like nothing’s going right but, even in those times, we can choose to focus on the positive things.
Ephesians 4:2 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing one another with love.”
When we intentionally seek out ways to help others in our everyday lives, we have a chance to impact someone else’s life as well as our own.
3. Family and friends are a blessing.
This is something you should definitely not take for granted. Having a caring family is a gift. I know that not everyone has a loving and godly family, but most of us still have people who have always been there for us. Take a minute and think about the special people in your life and why they are important to you. It could be your family, your friends, or maybe even a stranger that showed you the love of Christ.
This Thanksgiving, make sure you take time to thank God for placing them in your life and thank those special people them for making your life better.
4. God’s creation is simply beautiful!
Yes, the world around us is something to be grateful for! Personally, a few of my favorite scenes of nature would have to be colorful sunsets, pools of water (lakes, rivers, etc.), and horses. Take a look around and take in the beauty of what the Lord has made!
Not only has God blessed us with the enjoyment of His creation, but we can also see that, since God took the time and creativity of making this world so beautiful, He cares about us and wants us to appreciate the truly wonderful things in life as well.
Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
Looking at what God has made has reminded me of what an awesome God we really serve!
5. We have true worth in Jesus Christ
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
This is what Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:25, 26. We are valuable to Him. If He takes care of the birds in the sky, then He will surely take care of you and me. We don’t have to be filled with worry about the things of life because God created us and loves us.
It says in Psalm 139:13, “For you formed my inward parts and covered me in my mothers womb.”
God knew you before you were even born! You don’t have to be afraid of what others will think of you because God loves you no matter what!
There you have it! 5 Reasons to be Grateful This Thanksgiving!
Remember, “Every good and perfect gift is from above,” (James 1:17). No matter how chaotic things might seem, take time this Thanksgiving to dwell on the blessings God has given you.
What are your thoughts?
- What are some things that you are thankful for?
- How has God used to you to bless someone else’s life?