By Rachel Manning
As Willie Nelson put it, “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
With Thanksgiving approaching–the holiday of gratitude–we are constantly reminded to give thanks and count our blessings. Counting your blessings is not always easy though, as we may not want to give thanks for everything that life throws our way. But giving thanks glorifies Jesus, the founder of what it means to be thankful. Being thankful is one aspect of God’s revealed will to us. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reads, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Here are a few practical ways we can show our gratitude to God:
- We can show our gratitude through our words and actions. Praising Him by singing songs wholeheartedly whether in church or as we go about our day is one example of this. Another example is by speaking kindly to people we encounter throughout our day.
- We can show our gratitude through prayer. We can try praying to God with a thankful heart and attitude.
- We can show our gratitude through helping others. Being willing and able to help others certainly shows the work of God in our lives. Putting aside our own wants and needs to assist others is praised by God in the Bible.
During the Thanksgiving season we also want to show ways we are thankful for our families, and here are a few ways we can put this into action:
- Write a note telling them the ways you are thankful for them.
- Take initiative in doing chores, even ones that are not yours.
- Give an extra hug!
- Do a favor.
- Give a gift.
Consequently, even in the midst of the global pandemic, we can still practice our thankfulness this Thanksgiving season by appreciating both those around us and the great God we are fortunate enough to serve.
Psalm 118:1: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
Rachel Manning, 15, is a current student in one of our Jazz dance classes and we are so proud to have her at the studio!