In a few days, we’ll be celebrating the holiday representing the beginning of the holiday season. That holiday is Thanksgiving Day. Our calendar devotes only one day to expressing thankfulness for all our blessings in life. In today’s society, thousands of Americans spend much of their lives feeling depressed, defeated, and overwhelmed. For many, because of their everyday struggles and trials, they fail to realize how blessed they really are.
When “Turkey Day” arrives, these same people who spend their year discouraged and depressed are suddenly challenged. For one day out of the year they are asked to express thanks for their blessings. Having a sense of thankfulness and gratitude on Thanksgiving is difficult for those folks. After all, they’ve spent most of the year depressed and blind to their blessings.
Every day should be Thanksgiving Day
Truthfully, we should live every day as if it were Thanksgiving Day. Too often, people get overwhelmed and engulfed by life’s challenges and circumstances. In doing so, they are unable to clearly see their true blessings. As the saying goes, sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees. To achieve happiness, we must develop an attitude of gratitude and thanksgiving. Thankfulness should permeates our lives every day of the year; not just on Thanksgiving Day.
What does the Bible say about thanksgiving?
In the Bible, in the book of Philippians, there is a scripture about thanksgiving. It gives us the recipe for avoiding a life of being constantly overwhelmed. In Philippians 4:6 it says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
What the Apostle Paul is saying is obvious. He is saying, “ Don’t worry about anything! Whatever you have need of, simply ask God for it. And, while you are doing that make sure you thank God for all of His blessings upon you.” The next verse goes on to say, “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
It is all about developing an attitude of gratitude, and deciding to focus your attention on the good things of life. You mustn’t focus on the aspects of your life that are not so good. By doing this, even when going through difficult times, you will have peace of God that passes all understanding. The world may not understand how you can always maintain a smile even in the midst of your troubles.
Think on these things
Listen to what the Apostle Paul says later in this same chapter. In the eighth verse Paul says, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (New Living Translation) Happiness is all about choosing our focus. The Bible teacher and theologian Harry Ironside once said, “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”
We don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving Day to have a heart of thanksgiving. We can choose what we focus on in life, and what we focus on will largely determine our happiness. If we will do as the Apostle Paul said and focus on things that are excellent and worthy of praise, we will experience the joys of Thanksgiving Day all year long.
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