Happy Thanksgiving! Here are four practical things I have learned about giving thanks.

(1) Being thankful is a decision: We do not give thanks because we feel like it; we choose to give thanks because it is the correct thing to do. The Bible tells us to be thankful (Colossians 3:15)

(2) We give thanks because God is always good. No matter what we are going through in our lives, God is still good. And it could always be much worse! If we grumble instead of giving thanks, we are really saying, “If I were God, I would not do it this way.” Remember, He is God and we are not!

(3) Giving thanks is the most effective way to find God’s will for our lives. The Bible tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances, this is the will of God in Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Ungrateful people find it hard to accept God’s will and purposes in their lives.

(4) Giving thanks positions us to more quickly recognize the voice of God when he speaks to us. The disciples on the road to Emmaus were holding a conversation with Jesus, but only recognized Him as Jesus after He thanked the Heavenly Father for the food before them.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!