Thanksgiving is a time to eat. A lot. But hopefully more than that, it’s a time to count our blessings and express gratitude to the people in our lives and to God. The reality is, many of us don’t count our blessings near as often as we should. Thanksgiving is usually that yearly reminder that pushes us to do what we should be doing all year long. So I have to ask the question… Why do we often struggle with expressing gratitude?
Gratitude and humility are connected. They go hand in hand. Psalm 107 shows us how they work together. “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble” (vs 1-2). I know the song is playing in your head now, but try to focus…
Let’s say you cross the street one day, and someone pulls you back to the curb a split second before a bus passes by going 60 miles an hour. What kind of response would you have toward that person? It’s easy for a person who’s been redeemed or rescued to express gratitude, because they understand what they’ve been saved from and the life they now have because of their redeemer.
We must understand that what we have and what we accomplish in life has very little to do with us. First of all, God has paid for our salvation, and gives us the ability and wisdom we need every day. Secondly, there are people all around us that have sacrificed and worked hard for you to have the success and opportunities you have. To think that someone owe’s you something or that you deserve something is a very immature way of thinking.
So how do you express gratitude more often? Remember you’re not that great without a lot of help.
Scripture of the week – Psalm 107:1-2
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble