Monday: This coming Thursday is Thanksgiving. Some folks feel Thanksgiving may be one of the most spiritually healthy holidays of the year. It is not only appropriate for us to thank the Lord for all He has given us, it is also very good for us to pause and count our blessings. Psalm 92:1 reads, “It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord…”. As we finished up our Romans series yesterday, let us look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving this coming Sunday as we begin the Advent season. O, Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth. We can never praise and thank You enough for all You are. In Jesus name, amen.
Tuesday: Let’s learn and apply a phrase today: I need an attitude of gratitude at all times. Read that again: I need an attitude of gratitude at all times. Say that phrase out loud as often as you can today. Tell a stranger in the store this phrase. Post this phrase on social media. Heck, you know that person who seems ungrateful in your life? Text this to them and say “let’s work on having an attitude of gratitude every day no matter what” to them. Don’t know anyone with a bad attitude? Then maybe you won the prize of being that person (haha). I need an attitude of gratitude at all times. Lord, create in me a clean heart. Remove any and all negativity. Help me develop an attitude of gratitude. In Jesus, amen.
Wednesday: Ahhhh. This time of year typically makes it easier to have an attitude of gratitude, doesn’t it? The sights, the sounds, the smells, the foods…they all help bring a little bigger smile to our face and a little extra niceness to our actions. Spend time today in prayer for all near you to gain a contentment with life. Even when circumstances and situations seem more than we can bear, pray we can live out 1 Timothy 6:6 where we are challenged to live in a way where “godliness with contentment is great gain.” Father, help me gain this attitude of gratitude by becoming more content with life around me. In Jesus name, amen.
Thursday: Thanksgiving day. Today is a perfect day for reflection and prayer. What are the top 5 things you are thankful for? Let’s spend time only thanking God right now for these items. Who are 5 people you are thankful and grateful for? Pray right now for those 5 people by name and tell our Lord what about them you are grateful/thankful for. Split these 2 items up if need be today and soak this day up with an attitude of gratitude. Holy King, thank You for this day. May I show my gratitude and thankfulness more than just today. In Jesus name, amen.
Friday: Did you know there was a time in our history when the major economic goal of Americans was sufficiency? Economist, Max Weber, points out that before the rise of our present consumer economy, employers had a difficult time financially motivating workers to increase their production beyond a certain level. People reached a point where they had what they needed and simply wouldn’t shop around. The average American supermarket in 1976 only carried 9,000 items where today they carry over 30,000. 100 years ago the average American had 72 “wants” and 16 of them were considered necessities. Today? 500 “wants” and 100 of those are “needs”. Dad, help us focus on what is important. May this attitude of gratitude lead me to live in contentment for You. In Jesus name, amen.
Saturday: Spend time praying today for the weeks to come that folks don’t lose focus this season and get wrapped up in consumerism and the hustle and bustle of all going on. Let’s work on being more thankful, more thrifty, more generous, and more focused, and if we do so, we will find ourselves being more contented, more joyful, and more one with God. Lord, lead our ways. In Jesus name, amen.