We are getting close to Thanksgiving, and I believe there are things we all should be thankful for! The very first Thanksgiving was celebrated back in 1621 when 51 pilgrims harvested their first corn crops in America. It’s very important to know that they had arrived in the middle of a cold winter and by the following spring they had lost half of their own! This celebration meant something very profound to them! It was a new beginning, and it was the time to celebrate the plentiful that God had brought upon them!
Believe it or not, in Colombia we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. I did have a vague idea about this holiday. However, it wasn’t until I moved to the United States that I understood the great meaning behind it. I remember my first Thanksgiving; I was living with a lovely family and I felt so welcomed and good to be here. Even though I was so far away from home, I was so thankful to be here. I felt I had accomplished so much and that all my efforts and the things I’d learn at that point were, finally, rendering some fruit.
Although this is one of my favorite holidays. I think the act of being thankful shouldn’t be limited to just one day of the year. In fact, I think that gratitude is a virtue that we all need and should practice. I get that sometimes throughout our lives we feel hopeless and think there is nothing good to be thankful for. I’d like to share with you some of the reasons you should exercise your gratitude muscle!
-It’s God’s will:
There are many verses in the bible that mention gratitude and thanksgiving. One of my favorites is: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. By being thankful in all things, we acknowledge that God is Lord over our lives. Being thankful is also an act of worship! since we are proclaiming that no matter what good or bad things are going in our lives. Our life is rendered to God and we trust him for he is good. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28.
-We are alive
The fact that you woke up today is amazing! Think about all the things we witness with our bodies! We can see all the beautiful seasons that God has created. You are able to feel the warmth of your house after being in the cold, or the refreshing wind in your face when is really hot outside. We are able to smell amazing aromas, not to mention all the amazing food we are able to taste and enjoy! Life is really short, and everyday is a new opportunity to love, laugh, learn and be thankful.
No wonder why God’s will for us is to be thankful in all things! Many studies have shown the health benefits of practicing gratitude. According to WebMD Gratitude can helps us to cope with a stressing problem or situation, therefore all these feelings of thankfulness have great impact in our lives since stress can be really bad for our health. This virtue can also give you boost in your immune system. Happierhuman states that “those who engage in gratitude practices have been shown to feel less pain, go to the doctor less often, have lower blood pressure, and be less likely to develop a mental disorder.”
– For the good things 🙂
Sometimes is so easy to take everything for granted. We think we are invincible and nothing can touch us. Well, it’s time for you to get off your high horse and start counting all the blessings you have in your life! It can be so easy to forget where you came from and all the things you had to endure and go trough in order to be in a season of reaping! Do you have family, friends, a job, health, food, shelter, etc? Make a list, of everything you can think of. and you will be surprised of all the good things you have in your life.
– For the difficult times
You might think there is no reason to be thankful for. Perhaps you are going trough a pain situation in life. The lost of someone you loved dearly, or maybe is your health. Whatever it is, I want to encourage you. You are beautiful and perfectly made. Difficult seasons in our lives forge and shape us. They make us who we are and teach us so many good lessons that otherwise we wouldn’t have learned. Scripture says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post!
Are you ready to count your blessings and see all the good things you have in your life! What are you are thankful for? Comment on the section below!
I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
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