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The Best form of Thanksgiving to God

The Best form of Thanksgiving to God

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Thanksgiving should be a way of life

You and I know God wants us to thank and praise Him but I sometimes wonder if I’m thanking Him the ways He wants.

I start my prayers with thank you and praise Him for who He is and what He does but are words enough.

David wrote:

Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Psalm 50:14

Honestly, words don’t feel like much of a sacrifice. I can say “thank you” so easily and then just as easily go back to living in ways that don’t seem very thankful.

What does thankful living look like? Thankfulness that is sacrificial? Thankfulness that is God’s will and pleases Him.

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:20

How are you with the “all circumstances” part? Not so good? Yeah, me too.

I wonder (you know I do that a lot) . . . maybe there are ways to thank God that go beyond simply speaking words. Ways to live with gratitude even when I don’t feel thankful for my circumstances.

Luke 17 gives the account of Jesus healing the ten lepers. One of the most convicting statements to me in that passage was Christ’s question to the man who returned to give Him thanks: “Where are the nine?”

What really gripped my heart from that question is the fresh realization that Jesus considers our lack of response to the many blessings He lavishes upon us.

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.Psalm 68:19

So how do we give Him thanks?

What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?Psalm 116:12

1. OBEY HIS WORD

Giving thanks unto the Lord assumes that we do indeed follow Him as our Lord.

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?Luke 6:46

2. GIVE HIM OFFERINGS

One of the best ways to express thanksgiving is through thankful giving. Out of gratitude for what the Lord has done for you, give an extra offering to Him—invest in His work, or give to someone in need in His name.

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.1 Chronicles 16:29

3. VERBALLY THANK HIM IN PRAYER

Our verbal expressions of gratitude are a sacrifice of praise to Him.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.Hebrews 13:15

4. THANK PEOPLE HE HAS USED IN YOUR LIFE

Take some time today to express gratitude to others who God has used in your life—your family, friends, teachers, mentors, spiritual leaders. Thank them for their investment in you, and tell them specifically how God has used them to provide for, encourage, and strengthen you.

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,—Philippians 1:3

Thanksgiving at its best is thanks giving. Give the Lord thanks!

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!—Psalm 107:8

WORSHIP HIM.

Remember worship is…

Taking your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. (Romans 12:1)

We were made to worship – to thank and praise God, the One who loves us and gives us all we need for today and for always.

Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping Him with holy fear and awe. Hebrews 12:28

THANK HIM WITH MUSIC.

Make music. Sing praise. Music gives our thanks and praise emotion. So, make that “joyful noise” at home, in the car, at church . . . anywhere. Turn up the tunes and give thanks.

And each morning and evening they stood before the Lord to sing songs of thanks and praise to Him. 1 Chronicles 23:30


5 Ways You Can Sincerely Say ‘Thanks’ to God

5 Ways You Can Sincerely Say ‘Thanks’ to God

How can we sincerely say “thanks” to our Heavenly Father? Well, thankfully our Creator has given us a lot of ways to do just that.

Here Are Five Of Them:

1. Go to Mass

Sure, you know the word “eucharist” is from the Greek for “thanksgiving” or “gratitude.” But, of course, uppercase-“E” Eucharist refers to Mass and the Blessed Sacrament. When the Catechism of the Catholic Church asks “What is this sacrament called?” its first answer is “Eucharist, because it is an action of thanksgiving to God.”

Great! Go to Mass. A done deal. Next.

Not so fast. It’s an action of thanksgiving, which actually means us doing something there besides stand, sit, kneel, walk up for Communion, stay for a closing hymn and head out the door. Without our actively taking part in the Mass — praying with others, offering our own private prayers, reverently receiving the Blessed Sacrament, joining in the singing — then we’re pretty much like that child blurting a fast and nearly thoughtless “thank you” to please their Mom.

2. Do what Jesus told us to do

What does that mean for us? Yes, he said take part in the breaking of the bread in memory of him (Lk 22:19), but he also said something about “love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34).

What better way to show gratitude for the gift of faith than to live the Faith? How do we live it? Love as Jesus loved. And how do we do that? Find out by spending some time this year — each month, each week, each day — reading about how he did it. Spend time “praying” the Gospels.

Then, too, living the Faith — living our gratitude to God — means living the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Sometimes that can be specifically difficult, but other times it’s pretty simple. Small choices throughout the day can develop over time into virtuous habits that make us more inclined and better prepared to tackle those tough opportunities.

3. Don’t put a gift from God in your sock drawer

What? most times we receive a gift from a family member or friend and quietly tuck it away in a dresser drawer. It’s not something we need, want, know how to use or even like.

When we do that with a gift from God it runs counter to what Jesus taught in the Parable of the Talents (Mt 25:14-30). The lesson? Use what God gives you!

Sometimes a gift becomes a profession, but, not inconsistently, it’s an avocation. (You’re the one who supplies those marvelous casseroles for funeral receptions.)

Observe the talents God has given you, develop them, and use them to assist others.

4. Say ‘thank you’ to others … and mean it

Consider this: In explaining the Last Judgment, Jesus said, “What you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me” (Mt 25:45). So part of what you can simply do for others throughout this new year, which is this gift from God, is to thank them. “Thank you” to the store clerk. Your child’s teacher. The Sunday homilist. And on and on.

5. Write it down

This makes a great New Year’s resolution. One that’s is not impossible to keep track of.

Even those who hold little stock in religion or spirituality have discovered keeping a daily journal or log of people, events and things for which they’re thankful assists them mentally and physically.

You — lucky you, thank God — have that added layer or, more clearly, that foundation of Catholicism. Jotting down a few things at the end of every day can be a prayer of thanksgiving. Why? Because you know the source of all goodness, blessings, grace, and love.