What are you most grateful for?

When things are tough, it’s hard to think of things to be grateful for. But for Christians, there is nothing that can take away our gratitude.

Why do we lack gratitude?

It is because we are too focused on the circumstances we find ourselves in and on what we wish things to be. When the reason for our thanksgiving is based on the outcome of our circumstances and the disappointments we find ourselves in, we are essentially abandoning our trust in who God is. That He is in control, that he is all together good and have our best interests in mind.

How do we move towards gratitude?

We don’t move towards gratitude by waiting on our circumstances to change or by forcing ourselves to say ‘thank you.’ However, it does help to force ourselves to turn from criticism, negativity and complaints. The key is what you turn towards. Turn to God. Who God is. What he has done and what he is doing. Join His work and follow His heart. Begin to trust and obey God and you will begin to move towards gratitude.

Gratitude can’t mainly be a result of blessings. No, gratitude first needs to begin in our faith in God. The reason for our thanksgiving must always begin with who God is before what God has done.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, 
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods, 
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords, 
for his steadfast love endures forever…

Psalm 136:1-3