As we prepare for Thanksgiving week, it seems there is more focus on the week of shopping deals than the reason for the sale! I love Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but I don’t want it to alter my attitude or my focus. I need to finish my Christmas shopping soon and still have a lot of people to buy for, but does that come before a season of thanks? Is our attitude one of gratitude or one of how much stuff we can get?
In Luke Chapter 17 in the Bible, Jesus performed a miracle and healed 10 lepers. Here is how The Message translation recounts the story…
11-13 It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14-16 Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”
They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.
17-19 Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”
I don’t want to be one of the lepers who were so self-consumed they failed to return and thank Jesus. We all have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season and may we all remember to express our thanks.
Here are 3 Easy Ways to Keep an Attitude of Gratitude:
- Say Your Thanks: Pray or journal your thanks to God and express all of the things you are grateful for this past year.
- Share Your Thanks: Find a way on Thanksgiving to share with others what you are grateful for. Go around the table and share before you eat or write it out on a card to display. (Pinterest has great examples for this idea)
- Show Your Thanks: How can you show God how thankful you are? Show others. As you celebrate, eat, watch football, shop, or may even work on Thanksgiving find small ways to show the world you are thankful. It can even be as easy as telling someone simply, “Thank You. I appreciate you.”
As a part of my Friday Five I try to share things I am grateful for each week, but let’s do that a bit early this week. What are you grateful for this week?
Do you have tips and ideas that help you keep up an attitude of gratitude this time of year? Please share with us in comments below!