Benefits of being thankfulI can’t believe that it is already more than half way through November!  I will resist the urge to rail on for pages and pages about why we should be thankful each and every day and not just one day a year… There is a case for that, there is a time and a place.  However, I think what is even more important is an understanding of what we miss out on if we are not  thankful!

Here are 5 things that can happen if we are not thankful.

1.  We develop a ME-Centric attitude.

Have you ever heard that kid that just sits there and screams MINE!  Yeah, I have too.  Man, that just works my last nerve.  I would love to get down on my hands and knees and explain how the world really doesn’t revolve around them and how not everything is for just them!  We become just like that kid when we are ungrateful and when we lack an attitude of thanksgiving.

2.  We can become nearsighted.

When we put on an attitude of thanksgiving all of a sudden we find a million things that we can be thankful for!  However when we neglect the practice of being thankful, we miss out on so many wonderful things that we should be thankful for.  The only things that we are thankful for become those massive and obvious things. (an inheritance, a new baby, winning the lottery, etc…)  A thankful attitude is like a good pair of glasses, they help put everything into proper perspective.

3.  We block joy.

Joy is not situational.  Happiness is.  Joy is found in the good times and the bad.  Being ungrateful and lacking in thanksgiving block your ability to know and experience joy.  Being thankful fast tracks your ability to be joyful.

4.  We hinder relationships.

We all have been this person, and we all know the person who is given a gift and forgets to say thank you.  Hopefully we don’t do this habitually.  Since my kids are young we still remind them constantly with this question… “What do you say?”  They know that is a cue to fill in the blank with “THANK YOU.”  We obsess over this not because we want to raise ‘proper’ kids, but because we want our kids to be thankful and to know that it is good and right to express their thanks!  After all, it is so much more fun to be around people who are thankful!

5.  We miss opportunities to worship God.

I’ve yet to find the verse that says, “Come before God with the saddest and most frustrated self you’ve got.  Give to God out of the tightly grasped dollars in your pocket.  Enter his courts with complaining on your lips.”  No, the Psalms actually say:

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” (Psalm 95:2)

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name” (Psalm 100:4)

Scripture reminds us that we should give thanks to the Lord because He is good and His love endures forever.  That means we have forever to be thankful for His love!  If His love is never ending, then each and every morning we can wake up and be thankful for that!  There are so many times we miss out on worshiping God simply because we are too grumpy and too thankless.

Why else should we be thankful?  Leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear your thoughts…

~Peter