Being thankful is very powerful. I once heard someone say, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.”
If we practice an attitude of gratitude every day instead of basing it on our circumstances, we will see that gratitude can change your perspective and life.
In this season of COVID-19 and all that is happening in our country right now, we could be angry about all that we could not or cannot do, but I have to CHOOSE to find ways to be thankful for how God is moving right now. It may not look how I thought, but God knew how it would all play out, and He knows best.
Luke 17:11-19 (TPT)
Jesus traveled on toward Jerusalem and passed through the border region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered one village, ten men approached him, but they kept their distance, for they were lepers. 13 They shouted to him, “Mighty Lord, our wonderful Master! Won’t you have mercy on us and heal us?”
14 When Jesus stopped to look at them, he spoke these words: “Go to be examined by the Jewish priests.”
They set off, and they were healed while walking along the way. 15 One of them, a foreigner from Samaria, when he discovered that he was completely healed, turned back to find Jesus, shouting out joyous praises and glorifying God. 16 When he found Jesus, he fell down at his feet and thanked him over and over, saying to him, “You are the Messiah.” This man was a Samaritan.
17 “So where are the other nine?” Jesus asked. “Weren’t there ten who were healed? 18 They all refused to return to give thanks and give glory to God except you, a foreigner from Samaria?”
19 Then Jesus said to the healed man lying at his feet, “Arise and go. It was your faith that brought you salvation and healing.”
In this story of the 10 Lepers, we see that God can make us completely whole through thankfulness.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be made completely whole. I don’t want to have a portion of my blessing; I want to have the whole blessing.
Sometimes we can get caught up in our day-to-day so much that we overlook the simple ways that we can be thankful or show others that we are grateful for them.
We have to slow down and take time to appreciate the simple ways that God blesses us.
Here are a few ways that we can give thanks.
1. Write it down.
Get a journal and write something you are thankful for each and every day.
I can tend to try and think big, but really, it’s the small things that we can take for granted like taking a breath when you wake up, for the birds chirping outside your window, or the feel of grass beneath your feet.
2. Say it.
It seems so easy that it’s almost ridiculous, but if someone does something nice for you, say thank you!
Text or call someone and let them know that they made a difference in your life or brightened your day.
Sometimes it is our own family members that we live with every day that we neglect to say thank you to.
3. Deal with your hurts and offenses.
In my book, Moving Forward, I talk about how to get your hurt out by writing them down in letters, burning those letters to release them to God and filling those empty spaces with gratitude.
For every hurt we give to God, write down 15-20 ways we can be grateful.
Each day is a fresh start, and each day brings new ways to be grateful.
How can you encourage someone today with gratefulness?