What are you thankful for this year?
- Maybe you are thinking: "I have nothing to be thankful for"
- Maybe you are thinking: "I have a ton to be thankful for"
Or, maybe you are in between, where you can only think of a few things, but not a lot.
Regardless of where you are at this Thanksgiving, check out the following roadmap to thanksgiving.
A roadmap, has instructions, right?
In Psalm 100 there are 14 directions on the roadmap to thanksgiving.
But, before we dive into these instructions let's review what the definition of Thanksgiving actually is: “the expression of gratitude, esp. to God.” (from Google)
Psalm 100 is an excellent passage on the topic of Thanksgiving. Psalm 100 is a great guide toward having an expression of gratitude to God!
QUESTION: What is your current state of gratitude to God?
- If it’s great, keep thanking!
- If it stinks, start thanking!
The 14 directions on the roadmap to Thanksgiving are broken down into the following two categories.
- Why to be thankful to God.
- How to be thankful to God.
Let's begin with the WHY, why should we be thankful to God:
1. “Know ye that the Lord He is God.” vs 3a - If you are a Christian, God is your Heavenly Father, and He is right there with you in life, that is something to be thankful for!
2. “It is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves.” vs 3b - Aren't you glad you did not make yourself? Imagine how messed up we would be! God made us and He made us into who He wanted us to be and that is something to be thankful for!
3. “We are His people.” vs. 3c - We are God's people, God protects, provides, and guides His people, now that is something to be thankful for!
4. “and the sheep of His pasture.” vs. 3d - God is our shepherd in life. Shepherds protect their sheep. Shepherds lead their sheep to food and drink! God being our shepherd is definitely something to be thankful for!
5. “For the Lord is good” vs. 5a - God is good and not just good, but perfectly good, and that there is something to be thankful for!
6. “His mercy is everlasting” vs. 5b - God is merciful. Through His mercy, Jesus came to this earth to die on the cross for our sins through which we have hope on this earth and hope for eternity. God's mercy is something we all should be thankful for!
7. “and his truth endureth to all generations.” vs 5c - God is truth. Everything about God is true! Humans will often be untruthful, but God is always truthful. His promises and His truth are definitely something to be thankful for!
Now the HOW, how to be thankful to God:
1. “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.” vs 1 - Praise God! Praise God for what He has done, for Who He is!
2. “Serve the Lord with gladness.” Vs 2a - When serving God, do it with gladness!
3. “Come before His presence with singing.” Vs 2b - Sing songs of praise to God!
4. “Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving.” Vs. 4a - Don't just ask God, but when you get your answer be thankful unto Him!
5. “and into His courts with praise.” Vs. 4b - Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!
6. “Be thankful unto Him” Vs. 4c - Are you thankful for what God has done in your life?
7. “And bless His name.” Vs. 4d - Praise God's name! Don't know any names of God? Click here: Names of God.
We all have something to be thankful for this year. But don’t let it stop there, Thanksgiving as a Christian should be practiced everyday all year round.
God is good, all of the time. Regardless of how hopeless your life may seem right now, there is always something to be thankful for. This holiday season remember WHY you should be thankful and HOW to be thankful!
Now join me on the road to Thanksgiving and share in the comments below what you are thankful for!