Several years ago, I challenged myself to write every day about what I was thankful for. I had heard it on Oprah and other voices about how powerful it was to have and write in a thanksgiving journal. I chose to do it on my blog to help hold myself accountable, but it quickly became evident that I wouldn’t need that because my motivation came from the fruit of this thanksgiving.
I used to think with my immature mind how I stumbled into this life with Jesus, but I know and see now with my maturing mind that God had put up the signs and put down the stepping stones all along showing me the way. I am beyond thankful now for listening well enough to take that path God laid out for me.
I am reading One Thousand Gifts by Anne VosKamp and am enraptured by her words and wisdom God revealed to her that speak of thanksgiving and its powerful effect. I recommend reading this for yourself, so you can feel the full impact of her words but here’s a taste of those words:
The root word of eucharisteo is charis, meaning “grace.”
Euchariteo, thanksgiving envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis. But is also hold its derivative, the Greek work chara, meaning “joy.”
Eucharisteo. A Greek word… that might make meaning of everything?
We only enter into the full life if our faith gives thanks.
Because how else do we accept His free gift of salvation if not with thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is the evidence of our acceptance of whatever He gives. Thanksgiving is the manifestation of our Yes! To His grace.
Thanksgiving—giving thanks in everything—prepares the way that God might show us His fullest salvation in Christ.
These words of hers are based on her revelation from God from these verses: Luke 17:17-19 and Psalm 50:23
An aspect of Christian counseling is helping clients see the command for praise and thanksgiving, (Philippians 4:4-6) and how with this they are entering into the inner Sanctuary of the temple of themselves; into the presence of the one who loves them and to the grace and power He wants to give them to live out this life to the fullest.
“What are you thankful for?”, is a question to answer every day.