“Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.” John Quincy Adams
I love the Thanksgiving holiday season! I especially love gathering with family and friends to enjoy great food and fellowship. Most times this is a day where we are thankful for all that God has given us as we reflect.
However, I know that thankfulness is not something that should be relegated to only Thanksgiving Day. What would life really look if we began to live our daily lives with an attitude of gratitude? I love how John Quincy Adams describes the effect that a spirit of thankfulness has on us when we let it fill our spirits.
He says it “scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.” He is right you know. When I have allowed a spirit of thankfulness to dominate my thinking I no longer find the desire or time for complaining, anger, or any other emotion.
More than Adams instructions, God’s Word is filled with truths as to how we are to live with a thankful spirit. I want to share a few with you:
“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
"Be careful about nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6
“Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1
These are great reminders of how to give God thanks for everything in our lives. We are also to be grateful for our circumstances which is hard at times, in our prayer lives, in our daily speech, and daily walk.
Let me take these truths now and use them to say how grateful I am to God for what He has done for me. I am thankful that He saved me and that He gave me an incredible family. I am thankful that I get to lead such a great school. I am thankful to serve Him with my life. I am thankful for such great students, families, and staff in our school. I am grateful for this community of Metrolina and how it makes a difference in our community.
I pray that you will have a blessed and thankful Thanksgiving holiday! I also pray that each of us would allow a spirit of thankfulness to be a part of our everyday lives so that we might bring glory to our great God!