November has arrived. It actually feels fall-ish. The leaves have begun to change here in South Georgia, and long sleeves and boots are emerging as well. Seriously though, what is November really known for? Not just football and turkey…but, Thanksgiving. Right?
Several of my friends are doing a “30 days of thanks” thing on Facebook. I have to tell you, it is contagious! A friend began doing this and before I knew it…thankful statuses started popping up right and left! I LOVE it! I was already planning on writing something pertaining to “thankfulness” since it is November, after all. Seeing all the thankfulness on social media platforms just sealed the deal though!
Why do we wait until November to do this? Why aren’t we posting about being thankful everyday? I know I am just as guilty as the next person of posting “whiney” things sometimes, but my goal on a daily basis is to use social media mainly for encouraging others. If I am going to be contagious, I’d rather it be for being encouraging than for being negative!
I have a fantastic idea!!! Who wants to join me?? More thankfulness…more positive words…more encouragement as posts on social media. Let’s use it as a tool for good! Isn’t it true anyways, that your thoughts become your words..your words become your actions..or something like that? Oh, and your actions become your habits. Let’s not stop with just social media though. Let’s do it in the “real” world too.
God’s Word tells us to Give Thanks ! Here are some scriptures to back that up. God’s Word also says to GIVE THANKS in EVERYTHING. (yes, that is a little bit harder to do…but it IS do-able)
1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~ In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Chronicles 16:34 ~ Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 107:1 ~ Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 118:29 ~ Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Ephesians 5:20 ~ Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Colossians 3:17 ~ And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
There are SO many more verses in the Bible that reference thanks-giving. So, why not make every month a month of Thanks-Giving?
It makes you feel good when you can “thank” someone. It feels good to be “thanked“. Really though, it reminds you of all of the GOOD in your life…when you take a moment to reflect on what you are thankful for. The GOOD in our life is because of GOD, so most importantly, we shouldn’t forget to Thank HIM. In Luke 17:12-19, in the story of the 10 lepers who were healed by God, only 1 came back and thanked Jesus. Only ONE.
I wonder…would I have been one of the 9 or would I have been the ONE? What about you?
Blessings to you all! By the way, I want you ALL to know just how THANKFUL I am that you take the time to read these posts that God lays on my heart to share. I am so very thankful that my Father God has allowed me to be used in this way. I love HIM SO! I am thankful that HE loves me! Last but not least,my hope is that you all catch the “thankfulness” bug…
Until Next Time,