Be Thankful

Do you want to experience desirable increase and multiplication in your life? Then be thankful for the blessings you already have.

He gave thanks

“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.” ~ Luke 9:16, 17

I assume that you are familiar with the miracle of the feeding of the multitudes. That miracle is a demonstration of the love and power of God; His ability to provide for us even in the most difficult situations.

However, it also demonstrates the power of thanksgiving.

All Jesus had as He confronted the need of tens of thousands of women and children for food, was a ‘pitiable’ handful of loaves and fishes. Yet He didn’t complain, He didn’t freak out, and He didn’t get bitter. Rather, He gave thanks! His example challenges us to be thankful regardless of how bad things seem to be.

Gratitude towards God is never profitable if it’s merely a response we exhibit in good times. It is powerful and profitable only when it’s a habit, a lifestyle, a deliberate action, and a decision to be thankful under any conditions.

Think of this: Jesus didn’t pray for what He didn’t have. He simply gave thanks for that which He had even though it appeared so small and insignificant. You must learn to be thankful in spite of how small and insignificant your resources are.

If you want to be thankful, be thoughtful

Thoughtful people are thankful people

What things do you already have?
What things do you already possess?

You see, if you are not thoughtful, if you are the forgetful type (that is with respect to God’s goodness and mercies in your life) you may not be thankful. I teach this all the time, if you want to be thankful, be thoughtful. This is exactly what the following verse means:

“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” ~ Psalm 103:2

Thankfulness demands thoughtfulness.

If you want to be thankful, be positive minded

Positive minded people are thankful people

If you have the wrong focus, focusing only on the negative aspects of every situation, you won’t be thankful. As long as your focus is on things that you don’t have, you won’t be thankful, and if you are not thankful, your life will shrink and even that which you already have will diminish!

If you want the good you have to multiply, be thankful

Everything you have is a seed from God. So they have the potential to multiply and increase, but it all depends on your attitude.
What you appreciate (are thankful for), appreciates (increases in value)! Think about that. If you want the good you already have to multiply and increase, be thankful.
The Ibos (tribe in Eastern Nigeria from where I come) have a saying, I kelee nwanyi akidi na nke o gworo, o gwota ozo. It simply means that when you thank someone for what he or she has already done, it motivates them to do even more.

Do you want to experience desirable increase and multiplication in your life? Then be thankful for the blessings you already have.

What you appreciate, appreciates.
What you don’t appreciate, depreciates.
It’s as simple as that; its the law of life.

In every area of your life that you want to see increase – finances, health, marital bliss, etc.:

  • Recognize the the blessings you already possess in those areas, and
  • Sincerely give thanks to God for them regardless of how small those blessings may seem.

When you are continuously thankful, you will evolve from scarcity to abundance, from surviving to thriving!

Giving thanks should never be a seasonal thing – a response to good times. Make it a habit.

“No matter what happens, always be thankful…” ~ St. Paul, (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

 

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jeweledrabbit
jeweledrabbit

WD, my gratitude journal has been a great help to me over the past few years. I plan to keep one for the rest of my life.

I don’t have a prayer journal per se, but I do write my prayers/affirmations on index cards. That way I’m sure not to forget anything when saying my prayers.

WD
WD

Thanks Maureen for your comment. The idea of using a gratitude journal is a beautiful one! I have one like that, I also have a prayer journal where I document all my prayers. It’s so easy to forget the goodness of God, particularly when we are facing difficult times. A gratitude journal could be the weapon that takes you through the challenging seasons of life.

jeweledrabbit
jeweledrabbit

I’m a big believer in giving thanks. I keep a daily gratitude journal, and I write down at least one thing every day I’m thankful for in it.