Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday; it’s an attitude we should practice every day. As our nation pauses to give thanks, I encourage you to consider these thoughts on thankfulness and gratitude.
“God has promised to supply all our needs. What we don’t have now, we don’t need now.” – Elizabeth Elliot
“In happy moments, PRAISE GOD. In difficult moments, SEEK GOD. In quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. In painful moments, TRUST GOD. In every moment, THANK GOD.” – Rick Warren
“‘Gratitude’ comes from the same word as freedom (gratis = free). Gratitude is the freeing expression of a free heart toward one who freely gave.” – Ravi Zacharias
“It’s one thing to be grateful. It’s another to give thanks. Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do.” – Tim Keller
“A thankful heart is one of the primary identifying characteristics of a believer. It stands in stark contrast to pride, selfishness, and worry. And it helps fortify the believer’s trust in the Lord and reliance of His provision, even in the toughest times. No matter how choppy the seas become, a believer’s heart is buoyed by constant praise and gratefulness to the Lord.” – John MacArthur
“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that, I still possess.” – Corrie ten Boom
“When we choose thankful prayer over wallowing in anxiety and worry, we are demonstrating an unwavering trust in God.” – Priscilla Shirer
“Gratitude is a decision of the will, and if a decision of the will, the choice resides squarely with us. Deciding to be thankful is no easy task. It takes work.” – Chuck Swindoll
“To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.” – Thomas Merton
“Thanksgiving is the language of heaven, and we had better start to learn it if we are not to be mere dumb aliens there.” – AJ Gossip
“If there was ever a secret for unleashing God’s powerful peace in a situation, it’s developing a heart of true thanksgiving.” – Lysa Terkeurst
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18).