simply being thankful

There is plenty in life to be concerned about along with the many problems which beset us on a regular, oftentimes even daily basis. But how about simply being thankful? Blessings fill our lives at every turn as well.

I know though how easy it is to drown in all of life’s afflictions. Emotionally we may go down and be spent, hardly able to breathe the air of thanksgiving to God. This can be a sacrifice on our part as well, as perfunctory as something we do regardless of how we feel, something done perhaps at set times, here continually which still might mean on a regular basis:

Through Jesus…let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

Praise and thanksgiving in scripture are often linked. We give thanks to God for what he has done, is doing and will do, for his works. Praise is given to God for his goodness. Praise and thanksgiving then if not synonymous are closely linked.

To give thanks and be thankful is part of our life in Christ, part of the Spirit-filled life. Something then that is given to us so that both the blessings and the praise to God for those blessings are gifts from God.

In the best case scenario thanksgiving is not something automatic. We do it. But it should become as regular to us as the air we breathe. So that we are becoming more and more a thankful people in and through Jesus.