The young doctor approached my father and me, removing a mask that exposed a grin. “Good news! The surgery went well. I believe we removed all of the tumor,” he said. “You can go see her in recovery shortly, although she may not be fully conscience.”
Dad and I hugged the doctor, hugged each other, and then sighed with relief. Mom had made it through. After nine long hours of brain surgery, this was cause to praise and thank God if ever there was one!
On my drive home from the hospital, I felt as though I couldn’t possibly thank God enough for what He’d done in my life. It was then that I realized many times my thankfulness usually generated typical responses. “Thank you, God,” I would say aloud. Or perhaps I’d sing a song to show my thankfulness. And of course the tithe from each paycheck should count for thankfulness too, shouldn’t it?
Even though I knew these were acceptable ways to thank the Lord, I sensed Him calling me to broaden my understanding of the subject. I searched the scriptures to open my mind and heart to other ways of showing thanksgiving to God.
I’ve discovered that we don’t need to wait for a reason or a particular answer to prayer to thank Him. We can thank God right now in our day-to-day lives.
Three Ways to Thank God Now
Follow His Commands
One of the best ways to show our thankfulness to the Lord is to do what He says. When we obey God, we are speaking His love language. Obeying God’s commands is a way we can thank God now and every single day.
“If you love me, obey my commands.” John 14:5 NLT
“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.”
1 John 5:3 NLT
Love Him by Loving Others
Human beings are the only creatures on earth that bear God’s image (Genesis 1:27) He formed us with His hands and breathed His breath into our lungs (Genesis 2:7). God loves all people (1John 4:10). God, Himself is love (1John 4:8).
When we love to other people, we are showing our love and thankfulness to God. There are those who would have never darken the doorway of a church building if it were not for someone “showing” them the love of God. As Christians, we are in fact, the church. When we represent the love of Christ to others, we are showing God our thankfulness for what He has done in our lives, as well as the potential for what He can do in the lives of others.
“Jesus replied, ‘you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 NLT
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
John 13:35 NLT
“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7 NLT
Grow in Relationship to Him
For any relationship to grow, it must be nurtured. It is the same with our relationship to God. A relationship can be looked at like a garden that must be tended to regularly or it will die. We show God our thankfulness by intentionally working on our relationship each day.
“‘I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
‘Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.’”
John 15:1-5 NLT
As God’s children, we don’t need an excuse to show our thankfulness to God. Our obedience, love, and growing relationship with Him should naturally pour out of our lives. Thanksgiving need not come only once a year. Every day is Thanksgiving for the followers of Christ.
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT
Let’s share three things we are thankful for in the comments below. I’ll start.
One: I’m thankful for how personal God is to me. Two:I’m thankful for my husband, Scott and our three great kids and my daughter-in-law. Three: I’m also thankful to live in the United States of America.
YOUR TURN TO SHARE!