No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1Thes. 5:18 (NLT)
A form of the word “thanks” occurs about 150 times in Scripture making it very evident that God values thankful hearts
Being thankful is a choice. If it were not a choice, God wouldn’t be commanding us to be thankful. The pilgrims chose to be thankful after their first year in America even though they experienced sickness, deaths, and various hardships. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln chose to declare that “the last Thursday in November be a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in the heavens.”
When we choose to be thankful, our spirits are lifted. We can not be discouraged and thankful at the same time. We can not teach our children to be thankful when we are ungrateful. As in everything, we lead by example.
“Reflect upon your present blessings – of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”- Charles Dickens