16th July 2017

Gratitude is Good for You 

“[And we pray this] giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”
Colossians 1:12 (NIV UK) 

I live in the United States and, for me, Thanksgiving is one of my favourite times of the year. We eat great food, see good friends and family, and take the time to reflect over another year of God’s goodness. And even more than that, I love giving thanks. And as it turns out, there’s a very good reason for doing that. Not only does giving thanks feel good, actually, wherever we live, it is good for you!

A recent medical study at the UCSD School of Medicine showed that fostering an “attitude of gratitude” on a daily basis drastically reduces the risk of heart disease. And the doctors running the study say that gratefulness is proven to lower stress and improve mood, energy, and sleep, leading to a longer and healthier life.

I think it works the same way in our spiritual life as wells. The act of giving thanks forces us to shift the focus away from ourselves and put it back where it belongs: on our heavenly Father. As the source of every good and perfect gift, God is the only natural destination for our thanks. Think about it: is there a single gift or blessing in your life that didn’t ultimately come from God? I know I can’t think of any! And that doesn’t mean we can’t be thankful for and to all those intermediary circumstances and people involved in making those good things available to us. They just give us more to be thankful for. The more we’re reminded of this, the more we keep our eyes on Christ, which puts the stresses and problems of our daily lives into much-needed perspective, freeing us to focus on what truly matters most.

Let’s remember to take that active spirit and discipline of giving thanks with us all through the year and not just at the official ‘thanksgiving Day.’ Giving thanks is not only good, it is good for us, in that it brings us into ever-deeper communion with our Triune God who is worthy of all our praise and thanksgiving.

Prayer
Gracious Father, even though in this land we have no official day devoted to giving thanks to you, we are mindful of all that you do and promise us, and we give thanks for your graciousness, mercy and kindness. And this we pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by Joseph Tkach

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About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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