“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
1. Develop a reference point. You don’t have to lose something to be thankful for it. Just imagine life without anything. What would you miss?
2. God has given us so many blessings that we have never thanked Him for. Give thanks for something that you never have before.
3. Perception of value. (Example of the lost coin – Luke 15) How often do we give thanks for sentimental value? We gain a whole new appreciation for what we have.
4. Thanksgiving creates contentment. It makes what we already have “enough.” Psalm 23:5b – “My cup overflows.” What has God filled your cup with? If God never gave you another blessing, you would still have more than you deserve.
5. We can give thanks more than once for the same thing.
6. Often, we are thankful with the product, but we lack gratitude for the process or the people that made it possible.
7. Live a life of gratitude. Make it part of your world-view. You can say “thank-you” without saying a word.
8. Pass on what you have received. If you have things you don’t need or use, share them, instead of having closets full of extra “just in case.”
9. Don’t compare yourself to others.
10. Don’t live in the past, and don’t live in a “what if” world.
11. Appreciate the people in your life, and what they do to make yours possible.
12. Thankfulness is a perspective that changes the way you view everything, and ultimately, changes the way you live your life.