The Thankful Movement
I know it isn't Thanksgiving, but thankfulness and gratitude is more than a season. It is a lifestyle.
I believe that if we walk daily being thankful, it combats thoughts of entitlement, ME first identity, and selfishness. When we make it a point to give thanks to God and others around us, it changes us.
Be grateful for the BIG things and all the little things in life.
In the Psalms the Word of God tells us to enter into His gates with Thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. (Psalm 100:4) A Thankful heart is the door/gate to His presence. Being thankful and having a heart of gratitude takes the focus off of us!
My husband, Jason is the Worship Pastor so we usually get to church first. Several months ago I decided I was going to follow that verse in Psalm 100:4. As soon as we entered the doors of the building I began thanking God, as I unlocked doors and turned on lights. Then, I went into the area where we have our service and began praising Him and surrounding that area with prayer. I noticed over those few months that there was a different depth to the Worship time. The atmosphere was different or maybe I WAS DIFFERENT. I was more aware of His presence because "I entered in" His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with praise (Hebrews 13:15).
Imagine if the whole congregation did this. To take it further, what if we walked daily like this? Imagine what an awareness we would have. I am challenging myself to do this daily because I need His presence daily (Psalm 105:3; Isaiah 55:6; Deuteronomy 4:29). He is always with me and I need to be aware of it, so I must die to self and walk in gratitude (1 Corinthians 15:31).
Let's walk each day with a Thankful heart (Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 3:15).
"Gratitude is a description of a successful mode of living. The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surrounds us." -James E. Faust