The young doctor emerged from the operating room and approached my dad and me with an unreadable expression. Our hearts pounded as he lowered his mask—and to our relief, revealed a wide grin. “Good news! The surgery went well. I believe we removed all of the tumor.”
Dad and I hugged the doctor, hugged each other, and then released the breath we’d been holding. 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. Of course, I told him how grateful I was, but it just didn’t seem like enough.
I sensed the Lord 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. The search all those years ago has helped me to remain thankful in good times and the trials of life. Little did I know, Mom would develop another brain tumor that would eventually lead her home to Jesus. We would also say goodbye to other precious family members in the years to follow.
My circumstances no longer dictated my thankfulness to God. I have learned the Lord is worthy of my thankfulness because He is good. I’ve also 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. In fact, He prefers it this way!
Five Ways to Thank God Now
1. Obey 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 NLTWhen we obey God, we are speaking His love language. Click To Tweet
2. 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 others, we are showing our love and thankfulness to God. There are those who would have never darkened 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.
“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
3. Grow in Relationship with Him
For any relationship to grow, it must be nurtured. It is the same with our relationship with 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
4. Give Our Tithes and Offerings
The giving of finances to God is one of the most biblical ways we demonstrate our thanksgiving and gratitude to God. It does not earn His favor—as Christians, we already have God’s favor. Tithing is an act of faith that helps keep our priorities straight. It reminds us that all we have belongs to the Lord and we are only managers of what He has given us.
It is said we can measure what we value most by our bank account. What does your bank account say about your values?
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
Our offerings to the Lord are not only monetary. An offering can also be our time, talents, as well as our treasures. The amount of an offering is not commanded by God but instead determined by the worshiper, “as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you” (Deuteronomy 16:17).
When we give an offering, we are showing our thankfulness to the Lord.
5. Share Our Testimony
Tell your story. When you came to know Christ, your life changed for eternity. That is something to share! Tell others about freedom from fear, love, joy, peace, and hope.
“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1
Lord knows, 2020 has challenged our faith and perhaps our thankfulness has suffered. I know I found myself grumbling and complaining about many things this year. In fact, this morning, I was venting my frustrations with God about the news media, politics, the spirit of anger even between believers, and more. The Lord took me to this scripture:
“Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; when they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.” Psalm 146:3-4
Wow! Just wow! I’m so grateful that God is in control. I don’t need to worry about the powerful people. That is a reason to be thankful. “My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven, and earth.” Psalm 121:2
A good antidote for complaining is thanksgiving! My friends, God is ALWAYS worthy of our praise and thankfulness.A good antidote for complaining is thanksgiving. No matter our circumstances, God is ALWAYS worthy of our praise and thanksgiving. Click To Tweet
Thanksgiving need not come only once a year. Every day is Thanksgiving for the followers of Christ.Thanksgiving need not come only once a year. Every day is Thanksgiving for the followers of Christ. Click To Tweet
Much love and blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving,
My list is certainly not exhaustive. What are other ways you express thanksgiving to the Lord?
Amen Ms. Beckie; even on my worst day, I still have many reasons to thank God. I’m alive, which means He isn’t finished with me yet. My family and dearest friends are with me; and on those times when they’re not, I’ll know many of them will be with Him in paradise – awaiting my arrival. I live in a country where I am still able to pray publicly, worship freely (for the most part), and honor God by my words and actions. We are blessed with every breath God allows us to draw my friend. What a wonderful reminder that we don’t need to wait for a holiday to roll around to thank God for all He does and all He is. God’s blessings ma’am.
J.D., thank you for sharing your beautiful gratitude list! I wholeheartedly agree, my friend.
What a blessing that God led you to that scripture from Psalms, Beckie! Let not our trust be in powerful people whose lives are transient, but in our all-powerful and eternal God that sees the entire picture, one we will only know once we are resting with Him. And yes, we need to be grateful in all circumstances, counting our blessings in all the ways that God has moved in our lives and in the lives of those we love. Praying that God’s will for this country is that the fraudulent votes will be negated, and we will have President Trump for four more years.
Blessings, my friend!
Martha, yes, and amen!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Beckie —this is so wonderful
Have a wonderful thanksgiving
Del, praying your Thanksgiving is blessed!
A great way to be thankful is to spend time in communing with God. A few minutes of quiet in His presence listening for His voice is special.