Tuesday, December 5
All day gratitude
Scripture: Ephesians 5-6, Psalm 119:1-80
Ephesians 5:3-4 Since you are God’s people, it is not right that any matters of sexual immorality or indecency or greed should even be mentioned among you. Nor is it fitting for you to use language which is obscene, profane, or vulgar. Rather you should give thanks to God.
Ephesians 5:20 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the Father.
Since you are God’s people…here is how you should talk. First, Paul lists what we shouldn’t be talking about: sexual immorality, indecency, greed. Nor should we be using language that is obscene, profane or vulgar. These, he says, are not fitting. Imagine someone wearing old clothes that don’t fit anymore. Or picture someone whose behavior doesn’t fit the situation. All these old things don’t fit us anymore. We are God’s people now, and our words should reflect that, should fit our new status as God’s children.
So what does fit? What should we say? “Rather you should give thanks to God.” “Always give thanks for everything to God the Father.” Giving thanks is fitting. Gratitude is fitting for God’s people.
God is so good to us, has been so kind to us, so generous and gracious and merciful. We are living in His favor! We should be overflowing with thanksgiving (Colossians 2:7). Our hearts should be full of gratitude and it should overflow out of our mouths!
Today, I will consciously give thanks all day. I will start in my prayer time with an extended time of thanksgiving. And I will take some “praise breaks” during the day to count my blessings and thank God for them. And when my mind moves to the negative, I’ll take it as a reminder to recalibrate and give thanks.
Recently, I was researching different time management systems, and was surprised by how many of them included a daily gratitude journal. They recognize the emotional and mental value of gratitude, of focusing on the positive. Today, I’m going to try to be an all-day gratitude journal!
Prayer: Lord, I can’t even begin to thank You as You deserve, but help me today live gratefully—be a hallelujah head to toe!