Give Thanks, Genuinely

While a few other countries celebrate Thanksgiving, it is a holiday in which we are encouraged to reflect on the beautiful things we are thankful for, especially in the U.S. Perhaps your thankfulness comes from family members, income sources, paid-off debt, access to medication or a special occasion. Thanksgiving is an excellent time to reflect on the good things of life, those things for which you are grateful.

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

– I Thessalonians 5:18 ESV

When the compound word Thanksgiving is flipped, the word separates into “Giving Thanks.” How many messages of thanks, gratefulness or appreciation have you given this year? Could you show more gratitude to others and the Lord?  

When you give thanks, you plant seeds of appreciation. When you do this act of kindness and acknowledgment, your genuine seeds of thankfulness produce a harvest beyond your imagination for others and you.

Giving thanks should be done genuinely and abundantly as an act of appreciation and acknowledgment.

How do you feel when a kind word or a note of appreciation is given to you? It makes you feel good, doesn’t it? Giving thanks is a healthy and loving action demonstrating the Spirit’s fruits. It is a good thing to say, “Thank you.” Here are a few other ways to give thanks:

  1. Write a thank you note to someone who won’t expect your message.
  2. Take a walk either at dawn or dusk and praise God for what He has given you.
  3. Tell a friend or someone you appreciate, “I am thankful for you.”

The messages you say, send or write can have long-term effects on you and those you share with. God has equipped you to do good and express gratitude. Don’t wait for Thanksgiving Day; take thankful actions now.

Today’s One Thing

Read I Thessalonians 5:15-28. Offer praise and thankfulness to the Lord. Ask the Spirit to reveal to you those who need a kind word of appreciation or a thank you note, then act accordingly. 

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