Putting The Happy Into Thanksgiving

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

The happiest people are not just the most thankful of all people, thankful people are also the most happiest of people too. You have probably noticed and noted at some point that the happiest people in your circle of family, friends and co-workers tend to be the most thankful too. Happiness and Thankfulness go hand in hand and being thankful is one of the surest pathways to lasting happiness for the simple fact God has given us so much to be thankful for. Yet the Bible teaches that God is good and gives to both the just and the unjust so why isn’t everyone happy then? The answer is gratitude.  

If you want to put the happy in your thanksgiving this year the best place to begin is with gratitude, being thankful. Take some time, maybe even a sheet of paper or two and sit down and write out all the things you can think of to be thankful for. If you don’t know where to begin start with thanking God you are alive. If you are breathing that is good reason in and of itself to be thankful the psalmist reminds us, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” If you have a roof over your head and a bed to sleep in, running water and electricity, food on the table, and clothes on your back you are in the upper 25% of the worlds population. We need to stop and give thanks and pray every day!  

Living in awareness of the goodness of God and all the ways He has and does bless us each day will not just make us happy and thankful, it will guard our hearts against becoming ungrateful and covetous too. It’s impossible to covet and be thankful at the same time as thankfulness produces satisfaction regardless of how little or much we have. The best way to ensue there is "happy" in your Thanksgiving is to make sure there's "giving of thanks" in front of your Thanksgiving..  


Michael Osthimer





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