Thankfulness requires humility or it swiftly turns into self-congratulations. We need a different mindset if we’ll truly understand thanksgiving.
In a fleshly world, all of our joy must be found here. When struggles and obstacles face us, we have nowhere to escape (and the land of drugs and alcohol is a world of nightmares).
As our troubles become taller and more expansive, we can’t see over them and we feel lost. What we have here before us is everything we’re going to get and despair is our only option.
However, with a spiritual mindset, we’re able to rise above the mounting problems and see into eternity (Psalm 23). This fresh perspective changes all the rules. The here and now decreases in value and the world loosens its grip.
Prayer makes God bigger and our problems smaller because they’re weighed against heaven. Is this word or action worth giving up heaven? The criterion for our decision making completely changes.
God opens up an entirely new world for us. He helps carry the burdens of our troubles and provides a way to peace and safety (Matthew 11:28-29). The solace we find in him is liberating.
In Christ, we have access to all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3) and in him, we have peace and all the ingredients for thanksgiving (Colossians 3:15). We just have to accept them.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10, NKJV).
He opens the door to thanksgiving by helping us realize that everything comes from God. If we selfishly think that we earned all we have by our own abilities, we’ll swell with pride but not gratitude.
We need something larger than ourselves to love and provide for us. Someone to thank and appreciate.
God fills that need and he sends his son to provide spiritual life for all of us (Revelation 3:20; John 10:10). Let us praise and thank him every day of the year (Psalm 100).