An Attitude of the Heart Part 2
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.
We can see from this scripture that we should always maintain an attitude of thanksgiving toward God. One way to maintain a thankful attitude is to also show gratitude to others. Your attitude is extremely important.
A true attitude of thanksgiving will be apparent to God and to others. For example, when you say “thanks” to someone, they can tell whether or not you’re sincere. If you thank them with a genuine heart of gratitude, they will accept it cheerfully. But if you say it with the attitude, “Well, I’m just saying it to be saying it,” your actions will display your carless heart.
You see, thanksgiving is really an attitude or the condition of your heart. It is an attitude that you can CHOOSE to have. And your attitude of thanksgiving will always put you over in life. You’ll also find that thanksgiving to God and praising Him changes your outlook and improves your faith.
For example, have you ever heard someone say, “I don’t have anything to give God thanks for or to give thanks to anybody else. Everybody has it better than I do.” (That’s what I call the “poor-ole-me” attitude.) That type of person does not have a positive attitude or strong faith.
Giving praise and thanks to God somehow causes you to have a positive attitude in life. But people with the “poor-ole-me” attitude are often so negative that no one wants to be around them.
No matter how bad things might look, you can find something for which to give God thanks. You might not have a penny to your name, but if you have clothes on your back, you have something for which to be thankful!
Every time I begin to feel a little bit down, I would take a real good look around me, and count all my blessings, and it doesn’t take me very long to become thankful again. If that person with that poor-ole-me attitude would just take a few moments, and look around and take inventory of his blessings, he too will discover he has so much to be thankful for.
When I think of the fact that I have a wonderful wife who is in the ministry with me, I have many material things, apart from the necessities of life, I have wonderful children and they are all saved; I continue to think about the Church; I have a wonderful church family here at the Church of the Firstborn to fellowship with; tears begin to well up in my eyes – not because I am sad, but because I am so thankful to God for what He has done for me, what He has done for our families, and what He has done for us as individuals. It is truly a time to be thankful.
Do you know that wise King Solomon had a formula for winning? In the Book of Proverbs, he offers a key that is guaranteed to bring you favor. He says, “Don’t Let Kindness Leave You. Write on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.” Human nature hasn’t changed. Making sure that everything you say meets the twofold standard of “Kindness” and “Truth” remains the best way to increase your effectiveness as a communicator. My question for you is, are you a Kind and Truthful speaker?