THANKSGIVING

An Attitude of the Heart Part 1 

On Thanksgiving Day, thousands, if not millions of people will offer thanks to God. But some of them merely honor God with their lips because their hearts are far from Him. 

Giving thanks is more than just saying you’re grateful, it’s an attitude of the heart! And when you maintain an attitude of  thanksgiving, You will experience the great blessings that it brings. 

Each November in the United States, we celebrate the holiday we call Thanksgiving.  Let’s take a few moments and look into the history of  Thanksgiving.

The first Thanksgiving was observed December 4, 1619.  Thirty-nine British settlers gathered to give thanks to God for their safe arrival in this new land – what will later become the United States of America.  Their charter from England required them to do so each year on the anniversary date of their arrival. 

In 1621, Thanksgiving in America was celebrated in early autumn.  It was a time of great feasting but also of fervent prayer, because by that time, half of the original settlers had died during the harsh winter of 1620.  So the pilgrims who were still alive gave thanks to God for preserving their lives.  They also thanked God for helping them establish a foothold in the new land and for blessing them with food to eat. 

Centuries later, in 1941, the Congress of the United States of America designated Thanksgiving Day as a legal federal holiday.  

They determined that Thanksgiving would be officially observed on the fourth Thursday of November, and America has celebrated it on that day ever since! 

PSALMS 95:2

2 Let us come before His presence WITH THANKSGIVING, and make a joyful noise unto Him with palms. 

PSALMS 100:4

4 Enter into His gates WITH THANKSGIVING, and into His courts with praise: be THANKFUL unto Him, and bless His name. 

We can see from these scriptures that we should always maintain an attitude of thanksgiving toward God.  One way to maintain a thankful heart is to also show gratitude to others. Your attitude is extremely important. 

I will close with this statement.  Giving thanks to God and praising Him changes your outlook and improves your faith.  Please join me next week as I continue this timely article. Thanksgiving is certainly an attitude of the heart.                   

Your Pastor                 

 

Word for Today: Learn to lead

All great leaders were born without knowledge of leadership principles.  They had to learn how to lead.  And what can be learned can surely be taught.  But, leadership traits cannot be taught to people who lack the desire to learn.  The truth is, leadership blossoms in people who have adequate preparation, a motivating environment, encouraging models to watch, caring mentors to advise them, an unending passion to learn, and opportunities to practice.  I have a question for each of you, “Are you seeking out opportunities to improve your leadership skills, or are you taking life as it comes?”