Not enough money in the bank to pay your bills?
A cancer diagnosis?
A wayward son or daughter?
While these may not be things to be grateful for, the Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to be thankful IN all things. That doesn’t mean to be thankful FOR all things.
Being grateful simply acknowledges that in spite of everything that may be going wrong in your life, you are thankful to God for everything that is going right or has gone right – even if that means the only thing going right is you still being alive and breathing on this earth. That’s actually more than enough reason to be grateful.
Why It’s Important to Express Gratitude
Even when you’re going through hard times, being able to express gratitude trains your soul (mind, will and emotions) to embrace the positive. You become more prone to seeing the “glass half full” versus seeing it half empty when you live with an attitude of gratefulness.
When you express gratitude to the Creator, you open doors for God’s blessings to come into your life.
Gratitude is more than just saying thank you. It’s a matter of the heart. It’s also not a feeling. It’s a decision.
3 Ways to Practice Gratefulness
When looking for ways to practice or rather express gratitude, consider the following:
- Journaling – Putting your thankfulness in writing
- Verbalizing – Telling God thank you for everything you can think of from small to big (example: Lord, I’m so grateful for being able to feel the wind against my skin)
- Donating – As a way to give back out of your abundance, give of yourself (time, money, energy, strength)
I use the 5 Minute Journal to help remind me to practice gratitude daily. It’s a wonderful tool that prompts gratefulness.
When you find yourself surrounded by trouble on all sides, look up to the Creator and remember all that He’s done for you in the past. Thank Him for all of the things He’s done for you in the past and trust that He’s got more victory in store for you in the future.
Since this post was shared on Thanksgiving Day, I pray your day is blessed and you are able to practice gratitude throughout the day. May God bless you and your family.