Don’t fall for the lie that supports your discontent: that gratitude is a cliche.
That “counting your blessings” is a wispy, Hallmark-level cop-out thrown out there to distract you from how you’re really feeling about things.
That it’s God’s consolation prize given in place of just fixing your problems.
That it’s God’s passive-aggressive way of telling you he’s not concerned with your struggles.
A grateful posture this Thanksgiving really can do you enormous favors.
It can calm the storm in your heart. I mean, how wonderful would it be to go an entire day emotionally ironclad, completely unperturbed by anything going on in your life?
It can make you more attractive to people. Gratitude shows on your face. It gets people wondering how you do it, how you maintain an attitude of thankfulness in the serenity while everyone else rags Jesus about how the boat’s being swamped.
It can drive worry, fear, and overthinking out of your heart.
It can actually get you closer to your goals, as all of the above benefits are conducive to moving forward.
But most of all, it acknowledges God. It serves as defiance against despair, a down payment of the victory to come. It bears witness to his supreme goodness, gives him the praise he deserves, and fulfills our life’s purpose by giving him glory.
When God leads you to be grateful this week, don’t hear “Stop pestering me with your problems”. That’s the enemy souring his words. God has heard. The only question is whether we will be grateful in the meantime.
After all, the poorest, loneliest, sickest citizen of his kingdom has more to be grateful for than earth’s richest, most beloved man.