Being thankful is something that I wanted to write about today since Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Sometimes we take for granted how important being thankful really is. We should not only be thankful for the big things in our life but the little things as well. Through the years, I’ve learned to be thankful for strange things, which to the average person might sound silly. For example, recently my purse was stolen, actually purses were stolen. Well I’m thankful! Not of course that my purses were stolen, but I’m thankful because that was the only thing that came of it. I lost some material possessions, but that’s it! I’m thankful that I wasn’t hurt and that I didn’t come in contact with the person or people who took it. Therefore it wasn’t a robbery situation. I’m very grateful for that. (Through this I’ve also learned to be more careful and alert.) The enemy comes to steal, kill, and to destroy. So who knows what Satan planned to have done to me, but I can truly say that I believe God protected me from the worse that could have happened. So once again, I’m very thankful for that!
Another thing that I’d like to talk about when it comes to being thankful is being thankful for what we have now. In today’s society, we are always trying to improve and go to the next level, while there is certainly nothing wrong with that, let’s not forget God now is this season and appreciate Him for what He’s already done. For example, our product line of Christian Emblems and Christian License Plates have made its way on the shelf of retail businesses/shops in about 9 states/countries. Would we like for that number to be increased exponentially? Of course! But am I proud and thankful for those opportunities? As one of my patient’s would say, “You better know it!” I’ve learned to be thankful in the season that I’m in and govern it accordingly. That’s the only way God will be able to bless us with more; He has to know that He can trust us with less. If you are thankful for the things He’s given you now and praise Him for it and take great care of it, I can imagine Him saying, “Wow! Look at my child, diligent and grateful with just the smallest of what I have for them, oh how I can’t wait to see how they will be pleased with this mighty thing I have for them.” Just imagine a teenager. You give her a purse, a twenty dollar purse, just as a trial basis to see how she would take care of it before buying her a much more expensive, name brand purse. If she laid the purse around everywhere, kept it dirty, and always lost it, how likely would you be to buy her a hundred and fifty dollar purse. Chances are you wouldn’t because you would see it as a waste of money or a bad investment. That’s just how God looks at us and how we treat the blessings He’s already given us. So let’s be thankful and grateful for where we are and for what we have right now! Here are some of my favorite “thankful” bible verses that are great mediation tools and great ways to show God just how thankful we are…
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20)
And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. (1 Chronicles 29:13)
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)