Wednesday, September 24, 2008

~Thankul Thursday~Be Thankful~

1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy
endures forever.

It seems the more people have the less thankful they become.
Today complaints are abundant, but thank you's are few.

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also
you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Being thankful is not a choice for a Christian. If it was
impossible, God would not have told us to do it.

So, why are people not thankful?

Gratitude is a mark of maturity. Ingratitude is a mark of
immaturity. Babies are never thankful.

Neither are proud people thankful. Why? Because their mindset
is that they deserve not just everything they have, but even
better. "Why be thankful for something less than what you
deserve?" describes their thinking.

A funny thing you will notice if you consider it: unthankful
people are never happy. In fact, the more thankful a person is,
the happier they are.

(This is an example of how acting on God's Word is for our
benefit. God didn't invent commands just to be bossy.)

You will not be bothered with depression if you act on the
Word of God and "be thankful." The cure for unhappiness is
being thankful. Try it.

But how can you overcome the bad habit of ingratitude? Only by
changing your core beliefs. As long as you believe you are
getting a raw deal, or less than you deserve, you will never
become a thankful person.

But if you realize that you deserved punishment and eternal
separation from God -- yet in His mercy God instead gave you
what He deserved, and EVERYTHING you have -- including every
breath you breathe -- is a gift -- then you will become a
thankful person.
Taken from a Daily Devotion

Thankful Thursday is hosted by Iris at Sting My Heart.



Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Cheryl, I am smiling as I read your post. We do all need to be more thankful for each other and for our circumstances. So, why am I smiling...Well you will have to go my site. I have left you a "Beautiful blogger" award as a THANK YOU for participating in Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. So, see, some of us are still saying "thank you". :O)

Lynn said...

Hi Cheryl,

A funny thing you will notice if you consider it: unthankful
people are never happy. In fact, the more thankful a person is,
the happier they are.

Oh this is so true. What a neat TT post. Have a wonderful day.

Susan said...

Amen and Amen Cheryl, you just go on ahead and preach this one!!

So blessed to know your grateful heart.

You are such a testimony of one GRATEFUL person!!

Hope you have a blessed day tomorrow~

Darlene said...

Good stuff...girlfriend! I have been in the dumps lately due to all the changes that have happened way to fast. You are right about being thankful. The more I typed my Thankful list the better I felt. The more I have read the thankful blogs the better I feel.
Girl...thanks for the encouragement and prayers. You have always been so great in commenting to me. It means so much.
Have a fabulous week!
Sweet Blessings,

Pia said...

there is always something to thank God for...always.

God bless you, cheryl.

Erica said...

Very well said, my friend! I love that you contrasted a life of gratitude and ingratitude. I want to be happy, and when I fully trust the heart of my provider, I can't help but say "thank you"!

Debra said...


Sweetie you are spot on this TT! Some of the happiest people I know are not in great circumstances, but they are thankful for what they do have!!

Thank you for sharing your sweet thankful heart with us today!

Blessings to you today my sweet friend.

Krista said...

What a beautiful reminder! Thank you for your post today, it really ministered.

Wholeheartedly grateful,

Beth K. Vogt said...

I always appreciate your posts on TT--and the encouragement today to be thankful is right on the mark.

Laurie Ann said...

Sing it, sistah!!!!!! The heart of the ungrateful grows seeds of bitterness and all kinds of angst. We need to be thankful in *all* things. Amen, Cheryl! You should be published with the wisdom and great teaching you share. Happy Thankful Thursday!

Michele Williams said...

Amen! An ungrateful heart leads to bitterness and unhappiness. There is so much to be grateful for! Thank you for this great reminder.
God bless you.

Cheryl said...

AMEN SISTER! Your post are such an inspiration to me! I really love this one! You are so totally right! Great Job ~ Gob Bless

Melanie said...

Great post, Cheryl! Every word is so very true!

Happy Thankful Thursday!

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Christina said...

This was such a great post. It was a good reminder for me and I am sure for others. I am going to practice being more thankful starting now. Thanks Cheryl you are such an encouragement to me.

Lori @ Front Porch Legacy said...

Amen. We should all give thanks more often.

Tracy said...

Such a great reminder. There is much power in a grateful heart. Yours is a beautiful example. Thank you for sharing this great post.


Serendipity said...

It's so true! We would only be more happy and appreciative if we have a thankful heart! Thank you for sharing this lovely post! Hope your sister is doing well.

Have a blessed weekend!

Peggy said...

Blessings Cheryl...A well thought out post...and filled with God's Truth! Thanks for the posted correction as clarification!
We have seen that a thankful heart reaps blessings! Gratitude is indeed an attitude! And it is a sad state for people with more to be less thankful! Both of these are very true! It's very freeing that the more thankful you are, the more you have to be thankful and the happier you are. So acting on God's Word does produce fruit! I'm so thankful for the Gift Jesus gave me & you~Hope in each day!