I am person who needs to be motivated to do things. I think most of us are. Being able to articulate to myself why I need to do certain things often provides me with the proper motivation to do them. So, when I think about the encouragement we receive from God to be thnakful, I often think about the reasons why thankfulness is important and even profitable. Let me share a few with you.
First, I think about what I have to be thankful for, and the list is long. Some broad categories include being thankful to God for the many blessings He provides me: things like life, health, family, income, friends, grace, salvation, and eternal hope. Another category would be thankfulness for the generosity of others in my life: the patience they show me, the investments they make in my life, the provisions they provide me, the love they afford me.
Why should I be thankful for these sorts things? Well for one, it is just right to be appropriately thankful for the things that others do for you. I was always taught that ungratefulness is just rude. But let’s face it some of us need more motivation than just doing the right thing, after all we are basically selfish at heart. Here is where God is very good and gracious. The thankful heart is a joyful heart and a heart full of faith. The more we give thanks to those who are good to us, including God, the more we will learn to trust them and depend on them in future times of need.
Trusting God is at the heart of spiritual peace, growth and health. As we grow in our trust in God and our willingness to depend on him, we grow content in life and are able to live in a more peaceful state, even when life is at its most tumultuous. If thankfulness will feed my faith in God and thus create a peacefulness within me, then I want to be a thankful person.
Are you looking for peace? Think about all the things for which you have to be thankful, direct your thanks genuinely toward God and begin to live in a growing life of faith. Peace and hope will soon follow.