A Thankful Perspective

Thanksgiving. We gather as families and groups of friends to celebrate all we are grateful for in our lives. I believe many also are drawn to thinking of loved ones lost, prayers unanswered, hopes seemingly dashed. These emotions can create a tug of war response with in our heart… our gratitude against our pain; our thankfulness against our fears and thoughts of lack. What will win out often has to do with where we choose to focus; on our perspective. Is the glass half empty, or is it half full? Or, as I saw someone cleverly tweet this morning, are we just thankful to have a cup?

Thanksgiving is not about denying our struggles; it’s about refocusing our perspective on the beauty of God’s love and His promises for our lives:

  • We have been given a savior, who poured out His love for us on the cross. (ref: John 3:16)
  • We are loved lavishly by God, our Father, and he calls us His children (ref: 1 John 3:1)
  • We can live with hope for a bright future – we have been given a promise that in Heaven there will be no more tears, no more pain, and no more heartache. (ref: Rev 21:4)
  • And we can live with the hope of God’s ever present help in times of need right now. (Ps 46:1)

If you are struggling today, I hope you will focus your thoughts on God’s unfailing love for you, meditate on his goodness and faithfulness, and get your praise and worship on! And as you do, I trust you will feel your heart lift and thanks giving naturally begin to bubble up and overflow.  

And remember, Thanksgiving may be a day on the calendar that we celebrate once a year, but it is also an attitude of the heart that we should live with daily. Shout His praise daily, give thanks often, and keep your focus on Him. It does the heart good!

 Additional Scriptures for Reference:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13  

 “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.” (Hab. 3:17-18 NLT)

 “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18 TLB)

 Copyright © 2010 by Amy O’Donnell. All Rights Reserved.

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