When we can openly give thanks to others for their acts of kindness, we open the door for a deeper relationship with that person. Our reaction of thanks, causes the person who did the action of kindness or love towards us to open their hearts a little more towards us.
It is the same with God. Our reaction of thanksgiving shows Him our hearts and we now more about His heart. His great love for us almost demands a place of thanksgiving. We cannot neglect that place of giving thanks. It is not just for His benefit, but also for ours. Our heart grows with greater love as we express it.
1 Shout praises to the Lord, everyone on this earth. 2 Be joyful and sing as you come in to worship the Lord!
3 You know the Lord is God! He created us, and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep in his pasture.
4 Be thankful and praise the Lord as you enter his temple. 5 The Lord is good! His love and faithfulness will last forever.
A thankful heart opens doors that are closed to others. A thankful person is welcome everywhere. When we can keep a thankful heart, we keep joy and peace. Our vision is open to see many usually hidden things.
As we walk with the Lord with a heart of thankfulness, we are able to see the needs of others more quickly as our hearts are softened to the Lord and he opens our eyes to the world around us. We are recipients of more of His grace, abundance and peace. Why? Because of our openness to Him and His world, He responds quickly. Our hearts are open to His needs and His heart is open to our needs.
Thankfulness stops complaining and grumbling in our hearts and mouths. How can we gripe and be thankful at the same time? We can’t do it. It is a choice we make daily. To look for things to be thankful for is fun. Like, sunsets, sunrises, birds singing or soaring, the clouds forming above our heads, the cool breeze, the warmth of a puppy, flowers in bloom, autumnal trees, the smiles of a friend or stranger; any of these can be portals to thankfulness. Each of us has a different thankful list. The top of our list should include the Lord Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit, our blood and spiritual families and friends who really care about us. Some of us should add the privilege of free worship in a free nation. A precious black brother in the Lord used to have a saying, “Thank you Lord for breath, health and strength and that the blood is still running warm in my veins.” Clarence is gone now, but those simple words still resonate in my heart.
What is on your thankful list? Why not start making a list and see how long it gets? Mine would fill a book if I started today and would take a year or so to complete.