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Becoming Grateful

As we move into November, it bring us to a season of giving thanks and appreciating how God continues to bless us in so many ways. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says,”Be joyful always; pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Gratitude is a loving and thankful response toward God for his presence with us and within the world. Though “blessings” can move us into gratitude, is it not at the root of a thankful heart. Delight in God and his good will in this heartbeat of thankfulness. A grateful desire becomes sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to live with a grateful heart, cognizant of God’s work in my life, in my church and my abundant resources.

I would encourage you to practice gratitude in the following ways:

  1. prayers and songs that focus on God’s generosity
  2. gratefully giving and sharing all that you are and have as a sign of your thankfulness to God
  3. expressing gratitude to others; the habit of saying “thank you,” “I am so grateful,” “you are so kind and thoughtful,” etc.
  4. gratefully noticing God’s presence and gifts through the day
  5. practicing an abundance mentality; counting the numerous blessings of life
  6. keeping a gratitude journal of the myriad of gifts God has brought.

What will this produce in us? It will curb our critical tendencies by upstaging them with thanksgiving; treasuring and valuing your family, your church’s family, your neighbors, etc. by thanking them often; learning to receive everything you have as a gift rather than as an entitlement.

What if you, your families and our church all found ways to practice being grateful for the whole month? I believe it would have a transforming effect on all of us!

Blessings with a grateful heart,
Pastor Kent