Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. -Psalm 95:2 (KJV)
Another Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, but living in an attitude of thanksgiving to God continues. Many people get to thinking about being benevolent and generous this time of year, and while that can be positive we are better off seeking to be thankful the entire year. When we are thankful to God the result is gratitude, which in turn leads to a more positive outlook. The Lord has not called us to be morose and sorrowful, but rather we are called to be the light of Jesus Christ in a lost, troubled, and hurting world. Being thankful facilitates such an attitude in a powerful way.
An unfortunate byproduct of the Christmas season is stress. We try to do too much, take on too many responsibilities, attend too many Christmas events, and we spend too much money. A thankful attitude keeps us centered on Jesus Christ, and when Jesus is our focus we are less likely to become overwhelmed with all that’s going on this time of year. Followers of Christ are called to keep our relationship with the Lord our main priority, for as long we are putting the Lord first everything else will then line up in its proper place (Mathew 6:33).
Just because Thanksgiving is past doesn’t mean that we cease from being thankful. Consider what you are thankful for right now. Count your blessings and experience again the wonder of walking in the light and blessings of Jesus Christ.
The troubled soul finds rest, peace, joy, and comfort through a relationship with the Lord. Keep looking to Him, pray daily, stay in the Word, and give Christ the preeminence in our hearts. Keep looking to the Lord, for He is with us.