THE 4 A’s OF THANKSGIVING PART 1
Thanksgiving, as simple as it may sound is somewhat intricate. In a simple ‘ thank you’ which is usually what is used to express gratitude, these four points, I have elaborated on, are messages that are to be conveyed if we are indeed saying thank you, they should be put into consideration when expressing gratitude. I call them the 4A’s of thanksgiving.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Luke 17: 11-17 -11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus travelled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Just like a kid who was bought a different toy, instead of the one he prefers, despite the fact that he had sung it severally into the ear of his parents. In the same way the kid will react, we grumble and our thank you to God is half hearted, why? Because just like the kid, the answer we got to our prayer wasn’t what we expected, as a matter of fact, it is a far cry from our expectation.
Acceptance is the first step of thanksgiving, if you have not fully accepted what God is going to do or has done for you, you cannot fully give him thanks. The bible clearly says ‘in all things, give thanks ‘
Acceptance simply says I’m grateful, God I trust you, I trust in your abilities. Your focus should not be on the blessing itself but on the agenda of the one from whom the blessing has come, His plan to prosper you and not to harm you. Saying Thank you to God is also saying I have accepted all that you have given to me and all that is coming my way.
For further study:
Personal declaration for the day:
Father I thank you for what you have done and what you are going to do.
Questions for you to reflect on:
Are you willing to accept wholeheartedly all that God brings your way?
Are you aware that all that God has for you are only good things?