Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday at our house. It is fun to have change from- routine schedules and enjoy time with extended family. We have a regular tradition following the memorable turkey dinner. Each family member thinks back over the recent year and shares what they are most thankful for. This time of reflection often brings smiles, tears and heartfelt thankfulness.
The Bible has much to say regarding an attitude of thanksgiving. Several times in scripture the word sacrifice or offering precedes the word thanksgiving. As believers we are familiar with these words. We know a sacrifice is something that costs you something. It may cost you time, money or both.
When our family is gathered around a beautifully set table at Grandma’s house and we’ve all had more than enough to eat, it is easy to have an attitude of thanksgiving. But there are times a thankful attitude doesn’t come so naturally. It costs us something. The cost is letting go of our negative thoughts in exchange for a thankful mindset. Yet, there is great benefit in fostering a continual attitude of thankfulness all year round. There are some benefits of a thankful heart.
Thankfulness guards against a negative attitude. If we are not careful we can become centered on our problems and what is lacking in our lives rather than the things God has done in our lives. A heart of thankfulness will keep our thinking channeled on God’s goodness and the blessings he has already given. This kind of thinking is pleasing to God and keeps us from grumbling.
Thankfulness increases your health. Did you know a continually negative mindset can lead to health issues? On the other hand adopting a thankful, positive attitude can contribute to your overall health and well being.
Scripture mediation: Psalm 103:1-5