Why is being thankful so important?
As I look online at how people are responding to the world around them, I can’t help but notice that, in a country where our poor are living like the rich in many other countries, there’s a flourishing sense of entitlement and vengeful bitterness that lacks any sense of thankful hearts for what we do have. I believe this is one of the main reasons why depression and suicide are skyrocketing. People are anxious about everything because they are focused on what they want, rather than being thankful for all the blessings they do have. God’s word says it this way.
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
If we are focused on what we don’t have, then we will miss all the blessings we do have in our relationship with our heavenly Father. When we complain and rant, we are like ungrateful teenagers who don’t get one thing they really want and complain about their circumstances to anyone who will listen. God wants us to be thankful, so we don’t miss all the blessings that surround us. That way we won’t be anxious and angry, and we can experience God’s peace even when we are going through difficult times.
When we pray, we can let Him know specifically what we are thankful for. That also reminds us of all our blessings and brings peace to our minds and hearts. So, let’s thank God for all we have each day, it will protect our minds from the lies of the enemy and focus our minds on what’s really important in life.
Spend some time in prayer, letting God know what you are thankful for.