Thanksgiving Day is less than three short weeks away. Before we get too busy planning, grocery shopping, and cooking turkeys and pumpkin pies, I thought it would be nice to stop and reflect on what it means to be truly thankful.
First, and most importantly, we need to recognize the one who should be the recipient of our thanks, not only on a holiday called “Thanksgiving,” but every day of our lives.
In truth, there is only one worthy of all our thanks and praise, only one who created heaven and earth and everything we love and enjoy. Every blessing we experience in our lives comes from one source and Him alone. People can “thank goodness, thank the universe, and thank their lucky stars”, all they want, but none of that will do any good. Everything that has been made, comes from the one true and living God. To Him belong all the praise and thanksgiving we can give.
I recently read a meme on Facebook that said something like, “What if you wake up tomorrow and all you have are the things you thanked God for today?” My first reaction was that is a scary thought! I might wake up on the floor instead of my warm cozy bed! It was convicting to compare the endless list of things I have to be thankful for, (my husband, my children, our home, food, clothing, health…just to name a few), with how often I really stop to thank God for them. Praise God that in His kindness and mercy, He gives so abundantly and sustains us despite our self-centeredness. But the idea definitely makes you think. I have to admit that I find myself noticing more of things I should be thankful for each day since I read that meme.
To help us cultivate a more thankful attitude daily, we can find wonderful declarations of thanks to God in His Word. I have picked out 21 verses, one for every day from today until November 28, Thanksgiving. I hope you will read one, or read them all, each day. Read them by yourself as a prayer of thanks to God, or read them as a family.
I have often heard that it takes 21 days to make a habit of something. I hope that you will spend the next three weeks with me reading these beautiful verses. Instead of letting the stresses that can come with the holidays fill our minds, or thinking only about food, and football, let us focus on thanking God. Let us get to know the giver of every good and perfect gift, through reading His Holy Word. May we build a habit of offering Him a heart full of Thanksgiving today and every day!
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles
“Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name.” 1 Chronicles 29:13
“I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.” Psalm 7:17
“I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1
“Therefore, I will give thanks to You among the nations, O Lord,
And I will sing praises to Your name.” Psalm 18:49
“So now my heart will sing to You and not be silent; O Lord my God, I will always give thanks to You.” Psalm 30:12
“O Lord, my God, I will give You thanks with my whole heart! I will honor Your name continually!” Psalm 86:12
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give Him thanks! Praise His name!” Psalm 100:4
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind.” Psalm 107:32
“I will give You thanks, for You answered me; You have become my salvation.” Psalm 118: 21
“Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; The upright shall dwell in Your presence.” Psalm 140:13
“But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.” Romans 6:17
“I always thank my God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 1:4
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2: 6-8
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
“Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-19
“Therefore, by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15