This week, and perhaps even this month, often instill in us Americans the need and notion of giving thanks. You become a bit more patient or see the goodness that surrounds you. at least I hope you do…
I believe there’s a stigma that is slowly starting to creep in though that this is the only time we can be thankful, or gracious. Whether that be through giving of time, of encouragement, or of money. I am not sure about you but it started to eat away at me a bit, to become a bit jaded to giving thanks.
Because I was seeing the ugliness of this time of year, and that it never really flowed into the remainder of the season, let alone the year. It became such a snowball effect, and I think that happens to alot of us. We want to be gracious and thankful, but we just don’t feel it.
Oh sure, I am thankful in the mornings for a new day, full of new mercies. But by the end of the day? I am grumpy and full of sass. I can point to all the ways someone else wasn’t gracious or kind which led me to my ‘tude. Then it hit me. I can only control me (and let’s be honest, that’s a full-time job for God too).
I simply have no management of others, how they respond, how they act or how they think. My choice, and it is mine, is to simply respond in grace and love. Remembering that those new mercies don’t just pour out in the morning, but all. day. long.
Yep, that’s right…all day.
You know what that means? That I get to give Him the thanks all day long too for them. For Who He is, His sovereignty, and His work. Not mine. Because as I desire the mind of Christ in me, that means I desire the attitude of Christ. When you look back through Scripture, you see He was giving thanks even when no one got it. When He was judged, beaten and betrayed? He still carried out His calling.
This time of year instills such an air of thanksgiving, but I believe it’s a reminder to us to continue that thanks continually as my friend Hanna points out in her post. I think it also means having the mind of Christ in it, which means cheerfulness in giving. Whether that is money, time, thanks or praise. We get to give thanks y’all. That’s pretty stellar to think about.
I keep coming back to this passage in Psalms right now, as it reminds me that no matter the hour of the day, it is good to give Him thanks, to praise Him. He never stops working out good in our lives if we are faithful in obedience. So why not be obedient in giving thanks?
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night,
On an instrument of ten strings, on the lute, and on the harp, with harmonious sound.
For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands.
Psalm 92:1-4 (NKJV)