It’s a holiday. But it’s also an attitude.
One day of giving thanks to God isn’t enough. A lifetime of giving thanks to the Lord isn’t enough. God deserves to be glorified by all people, in all things.
I have found that giving thanks for the small things, helps me give things for the big things, whether they are good or bad. It is when I focus on the good that I can endure the bad.
When I face daily struggles and frustrating situations, I write in my notebook things for which I am thankful. Here are a few from my little notepad:
124. The crackle of a fire
125. Sparks that disappear into the night sky
126. Crunchy leaves
This idea comes from “One Thousand GIfts” by Ann Voskamp. Ann writes with a very poetic style, and she tells a tale of loss and grief. But it is when she begins to give thanks that she begins to heal. When a friend challenges her to keep a journal with 1,000 things that she is thankful for, she takes the challenge, and begins her journey towards joy.
“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.”
Joy and thanksgiving go hand in hand. They are complementary to each other.
In our joy, we give thanks, and when we give thanks, we find joy.
Will you take the challenge to write 1,000 things that you are thankful for? Will you seek joy through thankfulness?