Autumn always seems like a good time to reflect on the year and ‘count my blessings’. The year is ending, farmers and gardeners are harvesting, and I’ve picked my apples. But right now, I don’t feel thankful. I want to crawl under my blanket and stay there. Weeks ago, I decided to write about thankfulness, before I knew it would be so hard. Yet I’m determined to even though I feel low because God tells us to give thanks always!
Often, it’s hard work to have the right attitudes and thoughts. We need to actively think of good and helpful things. We must fix our minds on the things of God. We should ask ourselves: what am I thinking about during the day? What do I read or watch when I have down time? Are they things that feed thankfulness, or unhappiness?
TRYING to be thankful isn’t enough. Even our best efforts get exhausted. In Psalm 51 we read of David praying for his heart to be renewed. He knew it had to come from God. If you’re struggling to be thankful: ask God to renew your heart and then fix your mind on things that will encourage thankfulness.