November is here and you know what that means! It’s time to drink pumpkin spice lattes, take stock of our lives, and focus on being thankful. The Bible is full of verses about being thankful and giving thanks, God makes it pretty clear that He wants us to live with a spirit-or attitude-of gratitude. But sometimes thankfulness just feels like a key to unlock the potential blessings of God in our lives- like if I want God to answer my prayer first I need to recite a list of things I’m thankful for. Have you ever been there? Thank You that I woke up this morning. Thank You that I have a roof over my head. Thank You that I found a granola bar in the pantry so I didn’t have to skip breakfast as I ran out the door. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes listing the things in your life that you might have taken for granted is a great way to gain perspective but it’s the moments where gratitude becomes a bargaining chip that leave some cause for concern. What is the difference between giving thanks and having a thankful spirit?
Over these ten days I want to explore this idea with you all by identifying some things that might be killing our “attitude of gratitude” and some ways to move from merely listing off the things we are thankful for, to truly living each day with a grateful and thankful spirit. I’ll leave you today with a verse and a question: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15. If you had to pinpoint the biggest obstacle between you and living each day with a grateful spirit, what would it be?