Thanksgiving: Maintaining an Attitude of Gratitude

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.   And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, GIVING THANKS to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:16-17 NKJV).

Gratitude has been defined as a thankful attitude.  As Christians we should always give thanks to the Lord.  We should maintain an “ATTIITUDE OF GRATITUDE but that, like most things we hear in church, is easier said than put into practice.  How can one have an attitude of gratitude when he or she has recently experienced something as; losing a job, filing for bankruptcy, grieving over the death of a loved one, divorce, major sickness or anything that turns our world upside down?  Is it possible to live positively in a negative world?  The answer is yes but it is not as easy as it may sound.  It is easy to say that Jesus is the answer to all of our problems but how does that simplistic of an answer help in times of disaster?

For me the answer is keeping Jesus in focus and what He has done me.  If it were not for His mercy, grace and love I would have been consumed a long time ago.  When our hearts are filled with gratitude we have the power to overcome.  This Thanksgiving I hope that your hearts will be filled with what the Lord has done for you, in the past, present and the future!

“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” Matthew 12:34b NKJV).

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