It isn’t always an easy command. It is easy to give thanks when things go just as we would like, but when life hands us the opposite of what we desire, it is hard to have a heart of Thanksgiving. Its tough to remember to give thanks to God in all circumstances especially when we are going through a difficult season. It is often easier to complain and feel discontent about your circumstances, than it is to search out what we can be thankful for even in the midst of hardship.
We do have the ability to discipline our thoughts even though our carnal nature or flesh longs to be fed and coddled into pity parties instead of refocusing our minds on thanking God for His goodness.
What can we do to cultivate a thankful spirit all the time?
1. Discipline our thoughts to be thankful in all seasons. We can best retrain our thoughts through the constant influence of the Scriptures. The book of Psalms is a great place to start the practice of giving thanks and praise to God for his works in our lives.
2. Designate a time during each day to focus on giving gratitude no matter what situations we are in.
3. Deal with any ungrateful attitude in yourself immediately.
"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it" (Proverbs 4:23).
It doesn’t take much for us to get wrapped around our problems without recognizing the insidious nature of an unthankful attitude. The quickest remedy is to recognize our own lack of gratefulness and thank God right at that moment. Our true motives spring out of our hearts whether grateful or ungrateful and is revealed through our actions.
A Thankful Heart Leads to a Happy Life of Fulfillment!
Debra Vogel is an entrepreneur, public speaker, real estate professional and the author of Failing Forward. Follow along as she challenges your perception of failure to achieve success in life..