The power of thanks

Thursday, August 16, 2007
Many of you will probably have had this feeling before. Monday morning blues! Not just a normal Monday blues but coming back after a 2 week Holiday. In fact half way through the holiday the symptoms start to emerge. Your mind starts to ponder the imminent return to the world of responsibilities and work.
In midst of this I came across a great quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

In the Christian community thankfulness is just what it is anywhere else in the Christian life. Only he who gives thanks for little things receives the big things. We prevent God from giving us the great spiritual gifts He has in store for us, because we do not give thanks for daily gifts..... We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts. How can God entrust great things to one who will not thankfully receive from Him the little things.

The last thing on my mind coming towards the end of the holidays was being thankful for my work and church responsibilities. After reading this quote and the Holy Spirit nudging me I began saying thank-you for the millions of blessings in my life. Within an hour I my mood had lifted and so had my spiritual stare. Thanklessness directs our spiritual gaze onto us and our needs, makes us start to compare. Thankfulness reminds us who God is, draws our attention to his provision and we begin to see that we have everything we need.

Imagine if as worshippers we lived a life driven by thanks. How much more would we appreciate the here and now, appreciate God and the many good things he has done. Imagine if we lived a life of thanking God for all his future plans, would that not build faith?

A lifestyle full of thanks can only feed our worship leading and worship life!