A Thankful Heart

While we certainly have much to be thankful for, I am often amazed at the general lack of gratitude in our culture. So, instead of spouting off about the widespread
unthankfulness so prevalent today, I will just share with you some of what the Bible has to say about being a thankful people:

We are thankful because He deserves it.

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!  

Psalm 118:1

We are thankful because it helps keep us on the right track.

Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.  

Romans 1:21

We are thankful because it is not all about us.

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2  For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3  They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4  They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5  They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!  

2 Timothy 3:1-5

We are thankful because it helps us to think clearly.

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.  

Colossians 4:2
We are thankful because it helps our hearts to be at peace with God and with others.

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 16  Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.  

Colossians 3:15-16

We are thankful because it reminds us that He is God and He does amazing things.

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.  
Psalm 9:1

During this Thanksgiving season, let’s recount all the wonderful works of the Lord and give Him the glory He deserves!

Sure do love you guys . . .

Steve  🙂


Here are 10 practical ways to share our thankful hearts:

Idea #1 – Read a Thanksgiving Story

Set aside a few moments on Thanksgiving Day to sit down together and read a Thanksgiving story.

Idea #2 – Write a Thanksgiving Poem

Take on a family project of writing a Thanksgiving poem together.

Idea #3 – Share Thanksgiving Quotes

Ask each family member to share a favorite Thanksgiving quote or a Bible verse before the Thanksgiving meal.

Idea #4 – Remember Thanksgivings Past

During Thanksgiving dinner, ask each family member to share a favorite Thanksgiving memory.

Idea #5 – Celebrate With Thanksgiving Communion

Plan a time of Communion on Thanksgiving to give thanks by remembering Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

Idea #6 – Pay Forward a Thanksgiving Blessing

Give a grocery store gift card to a single parent or a struggling family. Fill up a college student’s gas tank. Take a piece of pie to someone in a nursing home. The possibilities are endless, so put on your collective thinking caps and get ready to be blessed in return.

Idea #7 – Let others know that you are thankful for them

Phone, text, email your loved ones or friends and let them know how grateful you are for them being a part of your life.

Idea #8 – Give a Thanksgiving Offering

Bring a Thanksgiving offering designated for a needy family.

Idea #9 – Undertake a Thanksgiving Adoption

Invite a widow, single person, family, or someone who is lonely to share in your family Thanksgiving meal.

Idea #10 – How about giving thanks on Thanksgiving?

Remember to Whom we give our thanks. The Bible says that every good gift comes from God.





One Response to “A Thankful Heart”

  1. Randy Thomsen says:

    Thank YOU Steve for sharing those scriptures. Great reminders of who and why we need be thankful. Good ideas too to bless others!

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