Join Us for a Thirty Day Spiritual Journey!
Often when we think of November, we think of being thankful. And rightly so. One of the most beloved holidays of the year, Thanksgiving Day, is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month. If you are anything like me, you look forward to this holiday. I love turkey. I love my family. I love to give thanks to God for his many blessings. So, of course, I love Thanksgiving Day!
But shouldn’t thanksgiving be something we do EVERY day? Of course it is! For everything we enjoy in life “comes from above, from the Father” (James 1:17). In fact, our very life is due to his generous benevolence, as it is “in him that we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Given the importance of giving thanks to God (and the importance of the closely related but somewhat different spiritual practice of praising God), our church family will be emphasizing praising and thanking God throughout the month of November.
If you would like to join us with us, you can download the Navigator’s tool, 30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God. We are using this excellent resource to help us focus on praising God for who he is. As far as thanking God for what he has done, we are encouraging our church family to keep a “gratitude journal” or simply a list of thanksgivings by writing down specific blessings they’ve received from God. As you are writing your list, consider these suggestions from Dr. Robert Emmons, a psychologist and expert in something called “the science of gratitude”:
- Go for depth over breadth. Elaborating in detail about a particular thing for which you’re grateful carries more benefits than a superficial list of many things.
- Get personal. Focusing on people to whom you are grateful has more of an impact than focusing on things for which you are grateful.
- Try subtraction, not just addition. One effective way of stimulating gratitude is to reflect on what your life would be like without certain blessings, rather than just tallying up all those good things.
So if you enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday, please join with me and our family at Grace making each day in November Thanksgiving Day (minus the turkey and trimmings, of course!).