Bishop TD Jakes said, “Until you are thankful for what is not enough, what you have will not be more than enough.”
Thanksgiving is an appreciation for more. After my admission into the University of life, I quickly learn the following: Fullness is the cure for emptiness; Lack is the firstborn of ingratitude, and Increase is provoked by appreciation. I am very sure that you are not where you want to be, but one thing that you forgot is that you are not where you use to be. You cannot lead and follow at the same time. God is the one in charge of your destiny, starring the ship of your life. All you need to do is to enjoy sailing and appreciate the captain’s effort.
Think about last year November and December, you have a court case pending now the case is dismissed. Last year you were still a student, but now you are a graduate. Last year you were single now you are married. You celebrate your promotion and forget the promoter. You announce your success, but you neglect the one who initiated it. Those who close their eyes to little changes will never witness a significant difference. To keep seeing God’s hands, you must continually appreciate His fingers.
This is my question today; Are are you thankful? If Yes, are you giving thanks to God? If yes, are you consistent, steady, and intentional about it? I am glad you that you want to know about consistent, steady, and intentional thanksgiving. What is consistent? It is doing the same thing for an extended period, at the same time, in the same place, with the same heart and the same passion and drives with or without supervision until you get your desired results.
Consistent thanksgiving is giving thanks to God without waiting for the last Thursday in November, and December 21 of every year. I thank God for thanksgiving day and birthday celebration. Still, those who are consistent thanksgivers don’t wait for a specific day to appreciate God’s faithfulness in their lives. They just do it. The do it, anyway, anyhow and everywhere.
Steady thanksgiving is the spirit of celebration, which compels you to appreciate God’s faithfulness before, during and after chaos. Those who give God thanks during good times will be exposed in hard times. If you are only eager to give thanks when you receive pay raise, birthday, receive a bonus, then you are not a steady thanksgiver. The word steady means firm and established. Come rain come sun, you are there doing what you know how to do for God not compel or force by situation, circumstances, celebration or holidays, but by personal convictions.
Consistent and Steady thanksgiving are good, but you need to be intentional. Intentional thanksgiving is from the heart, not from the head. When you are facing the challenges life, what is in the heart will disappear, but only what is your heart will react. An intentional thanksgiving is a spirit that response in the midst of danger and fear.
Think about this, what response will you expect from a man whose airplane was about to crash? What answer do you expect from a man who was given a speed ticket while coming from church service? What response do you expect from a man who lost his job a day after sowing his whole paycheck to a church project? Listen, there are some things you cannot explain, but you have a choice to respond to situations as a thanks giver or as an ingrate.
Why me Lord is the response of an ingrate, but thank you, Jesus, is what proceeds from the mouth of a thanks-giver. Deep thought is what birth good and great response. If you are not thoughtful, you cannot be positive. If you are complaining about your seemingly negative situation, my question to you is, what if you are dead? Only those who see good in evil will have the opportunity to watch their evil turn to good. This is what David and Hezekiah said, “dead cannot praise you Lord” (Ps115:17 and Is 38:18-19). For your breath, give praise and say thank you, Lord.
The consistent drive is what you will need to pull away from the challenge of life, steady and passionate spirit is what you will need to start against the wild things of life, and intentional positive thoughts are what you will use to combat negative thoughts. This is the secret, BE THANKFUL.
Remember, thanksgiving is for thank givers who won’t stop giving thanks and always remain thankful.
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