2020 was a trying year for all of us in our own ways.
I’m sure we all feel thankful that 2020 is over. So many people were affected in so many ways whether it was losing a job, getting wages cut, or even losing a home. People lost loved ones or got sick themselves and that is not even talking about the lockdowns or emotional stress it put on us.
But in all that, those that are reading this, that have food on the table, a roof over their head and people that care about them - - we are truly blessed.
We should remind ourselves to thank God for what we do have.
God told us that we should have a humble heart: .."if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14
2020 was definitely a humbling year. So if our heart has been made humble, then let us show that to God and thank him that we are still here breathing.
With this new year, we have an opportunity to be thankful to God for what we do have, and show him that thanks.
Tell him: "Thank you Lord that I still have a roof over my head, I still have food, there are people that care about me, that I haven't caught CoVid, or that I am healthy and safe."
WHO ARE YOU THANKING FOR YOUR BLESSINGS?
We can thank our friends and family for helping us through tough times. We can thank our employer for being able to keep our jobs if we have kept them. We can thank our landlord for helping us out with rent if you experienced that.
Did you know that these acts of kindness represent God’s presence here on earth? When a moment touches someone’s heart to reach out and call you, tell you they love you, help you find a way to get through, that is God’s love in their heart.
"All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God." 2 Corinthians 4:15
Of course it is good to thank each person in your life for making the choice they did to show you their love. We all have free will and they all decided to show you that love they felt calling in their heart.
As long as you know where that love has come from. No man on earth we are thanking holds our salvation in their hands. Only God has the power to grant us salvation.
OUR GOOD DEEDS REFLECT GOD'S LOVE
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3: 15-17
Here's How You Can Get Started:
We can start off each day or end each night by saying a simple prayer:
“Lord Jesus Christ, and Father God, Thank you for any and all graces you bestowed upon me and my family this day and any day after.
In Jesus Name, Amen.”