Written by: Tim Wood
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
(1 Chronicles 16:34)
Giving thanks is a choice we get to make. Giving thanks is an attitude that shows maturity in my walk with Jesus Christ. The Psalmist wrote, “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart” (Psalm 9:1). That phrase “all my heart” gives us the idea that he is making a choice. He’s choosing deep down inside his life to give thanks. I can choose to grumble and complain or I can choose to give thanks. I can choose to complain about what I don’t have or I can choose to give thanks for what I do have. I can choose to complain about my job or thank God I have a job. I can choose to complain about how people drive their car or thank God I have a car to drive. I can choose to complain about people or I can choose to thank God for people. How much different would our attitude be if we chose thankfulness?
An attitude of giving thanks is a discipline that I choose to work on. For most of us, it doesn’t happen automatically. Here are some practical ways that have helped me to choose giving thanks.
1) Prioritize giving thanks in your devotional life. When you read Scriptures that teach you something about God – stop and thank Him. When you see something that shows you God’s love – stop and thank him.
2) Allow Christian songs to stick in your mind. A simple lyric can change your attitude. The other day this lyric stuck in mind, “thank you Lord for saving me, thank you Lord for saving me, oh my soul cries hallelujah, thank you Lord for saving me.” That lyric made my day go better. Paul said, “Sing and make music in our hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks” (Ephesians 5:19).
3) Be thankful when someone blesses you. Be thankful for big and small blessings that come your way. When I thank people, it completes my enjoyment of the blessing and increases my capacity to thank God.
4) Hang out with grateful people. They will inspire you to be thankful.
Let’s choose thanksgiving every day! “I will give thanks to you Lord with all my heart!”