Thanksgiving is for real!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5
Being thankful and grateful are not mere emotional responses to things we like.  They are the fruit of maintaining a proper attitude as a proper way of life.  Thankfulness must be cultivated, worked on and refined.  James 1:2 says: “Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials”.  The trials are not any fun at all, but James reminds us to “consider them to be all joy”.  In other words, it takes active evaluation of difficult times in the light of God’s grace to produce a heart of gratitude.  Joy must be “found”.  It must be seen and not allowed to escape from our point of view.  We have so much to be thankful for and if we are not careful, the negative will overshadow the real work of what God is trying to do in our lives.
Would you take the time to acknowledge your need for gratitude?  Would you take time to give thanks for the hard times, the difficult ones and even the bad ones?  In doing so, we will reap an attitude and lifestyle that will be attractive, winsome and contaigeous.  As we gather with our families this week, may we be always grateful to our Lord Jesus Christ who has qualified us to be named as one of the “saved” for all eternity.
Pastor Vince Gonzales