Here are some questions to ask yourself this Thanksgiving holiday: Are you grateful? Would others see you as a grateful person? What makes you grateful in your life? What keeps you from being more grateful in your life? Does gratitude impact your happiness?
Each one of us has so many reasons to be thankful not just for this holiday but for everyday of our lives. I realize I take so much for granted in my own life, and it’s good to stop and confess that periodically. I once heard if the devil can’t make you bad, he will make you busy. That sure can be the case these days with so many things fighting for our attention.
Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, starts out with an attitude of gratitude in how much he thanked God every time he remembered them because of their partnership with him in spreading the Good News of Jesus. He had such a love and joy for the people in Philippi that it produced a gratefulness within him. Consider this: To have gratitude there must be a reason in combination with a relationship. We must be grateful for something and also grateful to something. What are you grateful for? But more importantly who are you grateful to?
3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.