November is the month where we verbalize our thankfulness. Millions of people are using social media to publicly list one thing they are thankful for each day this month. Why is it that we only focus on thankfulness one month a year? Every day that we live and breathe should be a day of thanksgiving.
Yesterday, I went to a women’s event and heard Lysa Terkheurst speak. She shared about King Jehosophat from 2 Chronicles 20. He had just been told that his nation (Judah) was about to be defeated. He cried out to God and God told him to send a group of men to the front lines of the battle field and have them sing songs of thanksgiving to God. What? This is crazy! Another army is about to annihilate you and you send a choir to the front line to sing about thankfulness?? Jehosophat obeyed and God destroyed their enemy. Go God!
The Bible is filled with other examples of men and women who gave thanks to God, and when they did, God showed up in remarkable ways. It was only after Jonah utttered a prayer of thanksgiving that the big fish vomited him out onto dry land. Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den because of his prayer of thanksgiving and we all know how that story ended.
So, I have to wonder, how would we experience God’s work in our own lives if we spent every day in thanksgiving? I challenge you to give thanks not only everyday this month, but everyday for the rest of your life.
In order to get us into a mindset of thankfulness, I’m asking each person who reads this to comment with one think for which you are thankful.