Sometimes I’m simply not in the mood for being thankful. I am irritable. Tired. Exhausted. Cranky. People are driving me crazy. I’m feeling impatient. Being impatient. I’m having a bad day. Too many challenges. God didn’t answer my begging Him for something I desperately wanted. I just went through another big loss. Whatever the reason, I have absolutely no desire to be thankful. In the past, I know exactly what I would have done. I would have been unthankful to God, unthankful to others, and made sure the whole wide world had the opportunity to come to my pity party. Things are different now. Very different.
I now see Thanksgiving as a choice. As a decision to make. I can choose to be thankful to the Lord – or not. And considering God is worthy of all praise, honor, glory – and Thanksgiving – now and forever, I believe the right, God-revering, God-fearing, God-loving thing to do is to be thankful to the Lord no matter how I feel.
I believe the best place to start when we’re feeling unthankful is to turn away from any and all sin, to purge it from our hearts, words, and actions, to seek and receive His forgiveness, and to start with a clean heart! A heart filled with humility, love for, devotion to, and Thanksgiving to the Lord most high!
“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” 1 John 3:3 KJV
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1 KJV