Devotions, Ten Days of Thanksgiving

Ten Days of Thanksgiving Day 4: Cultivate Thanks

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 4:

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6

We have all heard the expression, “You reap what you sow.” That is a Biblical concept, by the way. We find it throughout the Scriptures*. The things in which we invest our time and effort are the things that will “grow” in our lives.

I believe this can also apply to the practice of gratitude.

Thanks to that sinful nature we all have, thankfulness does not come naturally to any of us. Like any other skill or habit, we must cultivate it.

If we apply the law of the sower (that we will reap what we sow), then if we “plant” thankfulness by expressing our thanks and looking for ways we can be thankful in all things, then we will “reap” more thankfulness! We can then “plant” that gratitude and reap even more in return, in an ongoing cycle.

We do this until thankfulness becomes so ingrained into our daily existence that it becomes natural to us.

So, where do we start? Here is a very simple suggestion: Pick a reminder for yourself. It can be a color or a number or can be an action (the color orange, the number 7, cleaning, driving, walking), whatever you want. Then, whenever you see or participate in your reminder thank God for something.

For example, say you pick the color blue. Every time you see the color blue, you spend some time thanking God. Thank Him for whatever comes to mind. Then, the next time you see blue, you do it again. Soon, it will become habit to thank Him throughout your day and you may no longer need the reminder.
Whatever method we use, we know that if we reap thankfulness it will most assuredly come up in our lives and what a wonderful thing that will be!

Dear Master of the Universe, You created this wonderful world and all its laws, including the law of reaping and sowing and I thank You. Several times in Your Word we read about it. I want to use it now to “grow” thankfulness in my life. I know all good things come from You, yet so often I forget to thank You. I am sorry for that. I am going to develop a habit of thankfulness beginning right now. Thank You Lord for everything. You are so good to me. Amen.

*See Job 4:8, Proverbs 22:8, Hosea 10:13, and Galatians 6:7-8

Missed the first three days? You can find them here:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

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