UN – Thankfulness

It’s that time of the year when everyone is excited for the holidays but not looking forward to ALL THE WEIGHT they’ll gain from all the yummy food! 

Today officially marked the Holiday Season for me because of the Cold Weather! It rained! (and I can still hear those beautiful raindrops)  Showers of blessings, for sure! I love it! The boots and scarves were definitely on. I live in Southern California so the weather has been a little bipolar.  It’s hot one day and then it’s cold and vice versa. Praying and crossing my fingers that this cool weather will stay for the next few months. Haha!

Well, Thankfulness. A word that spreads once November hits. In fact, people even do the “30 Days of Thankfulness” which I have nothing against but I recently saw a tweet from a friend (I can’t remember who and I tried looking but can’t find it)  that Thankfulness should’t just be thought of during November, but should be seen as a  form of worshipping the Lord, which is so true. If we aren’t careful, we use the month of “November” as the only time we “Give Thanks.”

Although it’s great that the majority of America is giving thanks, the majority are still UNTHANKFUL… WAIT, WHAT? You’re probably saying or thinking, “That makes NO SENSE.” And you’re absolutely right. It doesn’t make sense how we set aside and observe a day to maybe get off work and celebrate with family and friends TO GIVE THANKS, and forget about doing exactly that until the next 365 days.

I posted this on my Instagram a few days ago:

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If we can TRAIN ourselves to find something to be thankful for, for 30 days… then we can most definitely find something to be thankful for everyday… But that’s easier said than done, Judy – You’re probably thinking.

Once again, I agree… but that’s why it takes training and discipline. Just as many train to be fit or train to be better at something they do, WE CAN ALL TRAIN OURSELVES to find the blessing in everything. You may not have the talents like others, but you can be FAITHFUL – faithful in giving thanks.

So why is the title of this post, “UNTHANKFULNESS” instead of “THANKFULNESS?”

2 Timothy 3:1-3 says,

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

I remember when I was in college, the Vice President at that time, Dr. John Goetsch preached a powerful message on this text right before everyone dispersed to their respective areas for the Thanksgiving Break. It’s been years and unfortunately I didn’t have the time to look for my notes but that word (unthankful) would best describe many of us.

REASONS OF UNTHANKFULNESS:

    1. Difficult/Unexpected Trials

I mean when was the last time that we ACTUALLY thanked God for the problems in our lives? Sure, your problem or trial may be BIGGER than someone else’s, but doesn’t the Bible say, In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)?

Last time I checked, those words are still there. It’s so easy to THANK GOD during the good and easy times but so difficult to THANK GOD during the bad and hard times.

    2. Bitterness

You’ve been miserable for a.long.time. and you refuse to accept the fact that it’s because you haven’t forgiven “that someone” that hurt or offended you many.years. ago. I’ve been there and no doubt, it’s not a happy place to be… and the sad thing is, it’s not a HAPPY PLACE to be, because of US!

BUT HOW DO YOU FORGIVE SOMEONE WHO REALLY, REALLY HURT YOU? (maybe, even physically)

Colossians 3:13  says, “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

How do you forgive when it seems like what was done to you is so unforgivable?

Well, Christ forgave you. So why shouldn’t you forgive the one who has offended you?

WE HAVE ALL OFFENDED GOD. MULTIPLE TIMES.

And yet, He still CHOOSES to forgive us, simply because He loves us.

“But I don’t love the one who hurt me?”

But do you love God? Because the Bible says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.

AND…

Ephesians 4:32 HAS A COMMANDMENT: (actually a few commandments)

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

   3. Unbelief in God

Psalm 14:1 says, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

I’ve heard that it’s easier to believe there is God than to believe that there isn’t God.

For me to give you all the reasons I BELIEVE THERE IS GOD would take up a lot of time so if you want to know what I believe, just read the KJV Bible. 🙂

I always wondered who people thank during Thanksgiving if they don’t believe in God.

Sure, many will say that they are THANKFUL for family and/or friends, material things, etc… but really, there wouldn’t be those family/friends, material blessing if it weren’t for God. I mean, would the Devil really “bless” you with those?

Most Definitely NOT!

So, I know during Thanksgiving, most if not all, will probably go around (before eating; at least my family does) and mention something or some things that they are thankful for. But let us not forget that after Thanksgiving comes BLACK FRIDAY and people get so crazy and hurt, stomp, and maybe even kill others JUST TO GET SOMETHING because they aren’t CONTENT or THANKFUL, therefore, UNTHANKFUL for what they ALREADY HAVE.

Don’t misunderstand me. I love Black Friday but I’m not CRAZY enough to stomp on someone or get into a fight with someone simply because we want the same item.

It’s ridiculous, really.

One day, people are so kind and mentioning and boasting about all the things they are thankful for and the very next day,

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They’re trampling, stomping, or fighting someone simply because THEIR THANKFULNESS was only for a day (some even less than a day) and have already forgotten to be thankful…

It’s so sad…

So if you don’t want to fall in the category of someone who is UNTHANKFUL, here are ways to help you:

3 WAYS TO GET RID OF UNTHANKFULNESS:

1)  IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS – Train yourself to be thankful, especially during the difficult and unexpected moments.

2) FORGIVE EVEN AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU… AND CONTINUES TO FORGIVE YOU (IF YOU ASK HIM) – Christ is my model because He is perfect and more so, because He loves me so much that He WILLINGLY died for me. He loves you just as much.

3) REMEMBER THAT EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE THAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE IS A GIFT FROM GOD. – What you have doesn’t belong to you, including your children. You are merely borrowing from the Lord.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)

Hope you found something on this post to be helpful.

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AND MAY WE ALL ENDEAVOR TO HAVE THANKFUL HEARTS EVEN AFTER.

By God’s Grace,

judylynn

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