Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. -Psalm 106:1
We pray for a thankful spirit to help us develop a life of gratitude – that’s step one. In doing so, we expect God to do something for us. Step two requires us to make the next move – to do something for ourselves. We must start saying “thank you” whether we feel like it or not. I don’t mean to speak insincerely, but to actively look for an opportunity to say it. When our thoughts become words that are spoken out loud, it can begin to change things. As long as it stays in our head – it has no effect.
First, thank God. If you’re breathing, even better if you can stand, you have a reason to be thankful. There are a million little things that normally pass us by, for which we could voice our thanks. Try it. Saying it out loud won’t hurt. If you’re wearing your ear buds, headsets, or bluetooth receiver, no one will even think twice about hearing you talking into the air!
Second, you interact with people all day long to whom you could say “thank you,” both those you know and even total strangers. This isn’t too difficult and it may just make someone’s day. Not only does the receiver get the benefit, but it works on the sender of thanks too. I had a roommate in college who gave me this advice which I still use today – “when you’re sick or not feeling well, never go out looking as bad as you feel. Wear a dress and heals, fix your hair and makeup, look your best. All day people will tell you how nice you look – and just say ‘thank you.’ Before you know it, you really will feel better.” It may not be scientific, but it continues to work for me. Powerful words.
A prayer can take many forms. Giving thanks is a good place to start.
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But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! -1 Corinthians 15:57