As we enjoy this season of thanks, let’s take some time to give thanks to God during each of the days leading up to the holiday and, of course, on that day. Welcome to Day 1:
“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”
Do you give thanks to the Lord with your whole heart? I don’t know about you, but my heart can be a complaining, whiny, ungrateful thing at times. When I find myself in one of those ruts (which only makes me miserable, by the way), I find that it helps to change my focus on all the “wonderful deeds” God has done and to thank Him for them.
As I focus on giving thanks to the One who gives all good things, my heart starts to expand with gratitude and it fills all the “nooks and crannies” of my heart. Soon, there is no room for whining and complaining, because honestly, they cannot live in the same place. They are like oil and water, they do not mix.
If we give thanks to the Lord with our whole hearts, soon we will find complaining will greatly diminish or cease altogether and our joy will increase, all the while giving God the credit He so richly deserves. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a great deal to me!
So, how ’bout it? Today, when you find yourself complaining, switch it into a “thanks” instead. Stuck in traffic on the way to work? Thank Him that you have a car–and a job. Kids splash water on the floor? Thank Him that you have clean water–and especially that you have people in your life to make those messes. Weather not to your liking? Thank God that there are seasons. You get the idea! You can go from there and thank God for one of His many wonderful deeds and let your whole heart be filled with gratitude for Him.
Most amazing God, you are the giver of all good things. I want to thank you with my whole heart, because You are more than worthy. Every good thing comes from You and I want to thank you for each one of those things. You send so many my way. Forgive me for complaining and grumbling. I truly want to be grateful. Today, Lord, I want to thank you for all your wonderful deeds. Lord, please help me notice them all day today. Thank you, God, for everything You do. Your deeds are too numerous to count, but I would like to try. Thank You! Thank You! Thank you! Amen.
If you would like a fun, activity to help your family or your kids at church flip their complaints into thanks, check out this game:
Flip It Thanksgiving Game