Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s important to remember the meaning of the season. But Thanksgiving should be a reminder, not a reason to be thankful. My faith is so important in my life and it is what encourages me to be thankful but if you do not share the same faith as me or are not religious it still important to give thanks. If I mention God or faith in this post know that whatever I am saying can still apply to you.
It can sometimes be hard to give thanks. Social media is so prominent in our society and can make it hard to be grateful for what we have. When you are seeing celebrities or influencers with the latest and greatest (whatever that may be: clothes, technology, etc.) it can be difficult to keep jealousy from overcoming us. Having a thankful heart gives us the power to defeat this sense of jealousy. It can also be hard to give thanks when we are going through times of struggle. It may seem like you have nothing. Don’t dwell on the negative and instead focus on all the positives and all the blessings you have been given. We need to remember that we have all been given something to be grateful for no matter how big or small. Our simplest abilities — breathing, walking, talking, hearing, seeing — are all gifts to be thankful for. I try to remember that God has given me everything and what I can do in return is be thankful and give him praise for everything he has done for me. The same goes for people who have given you something (not necessarily a material item). Someone giving you the gift of their love is something you should be grateful for and not take for granted.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17
Thankfulness changes you, your outlook, and your attitude. An attitude of thanksgiving accepts and embraces God’s will. It helps you to accept and embrace your life and yourself for what is/who you are. Thankfulness enables us to look outside ourselves so see the goodness all around us.
Recognizing the importance of thankfulness is one thing but actually living out a life of thankfulness is a whole other story. Some ways to remain thankful in everyday life include….
- Try to not complain about things in your life. Instead, focus on what you can be thankful for in your life.
- Don’t compare your life to someone else’s. This goes back to what I was saying about social media. It can be so hard to look at someones seemingly perfect life on Instagram and not wish it was ours. But, we have all been given the life we have for a reason.
- If you believe in God, then pray to him and thank him for anything and everything. Once you start praying you may be surprised at how many blessings you have really been given. If praying is not your thing then practice mindfulness. Take time to just sit and think about your day and what you can be thankful for.