“Opposition to truth cannot be excused on the basis of ignorance, because from the creation of the world, the invisible qualities of God’s nature have been made visible, such as his eternal power and transcendence. He has made his wonderful attributes easily perceived, for seeing the visible makes us understand the invisible. So then, this leaves everyone without excuse. Throughout human history the fingerprints of God were upon them, yet they refused to honor him as God or even be thankful for his kindness. Instead, they entertained corrupt and foolish thoughts about what God was like. This left them with nothing but misguided hearts, steeped in moral darkness. Although claiming to be super-intelligent, they were in fact shallow fools. For only a fool would trade the unfading splendor of the immortal God to worship the fading image of other humans, idols made to look like people, animals, birds, and even creeping reptiles!” Romans 1:20-23 TPT
Why does thankfulness keep us connected to God? Because God is good, and when you purposely think about the good things in your life you connect with the One who gave you those good things.
“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” James 1:17 NLT
Romans says that when we do not remain thankful we lose sight of God. Once that happens, the only other place we can look is to creation and to ourselves. This causes us to lose all divine wisdom stemming from God’s divine perspective.
This is like unhooking yourself from a ski-lift that was taking you to the top of the mountain where you can see all things clearly. Instead, like Romans 1 says, you plummet to the bottom.
This was happening to me about ten years ago. Due to my career not being where I thought it should be by that time, my attitude was horrible. I felt like a failure and it was affecting all my relationships. Not only because I had a bad attitude, but because when you are not thankful for the good in your life, that includes the people in your life. At least, that is the way they will take it. I was even told by a close friend that it was an insult to him, and others, that I was unthankful for my life, because they were a part of it. Ouch.
Finally, one day my wife, Hope, told me in no uncertain terms, that I either needed to change, or make a change. She was right.
I went on a two-day retreat and sought God. He simply told me one thing which changed my life forever.
He said, “Let’s start with thankfulness and go from there.”
Since that day I have found myself being thankful for the smallest things in my life. This has saved my attitude, increased my joy, and has caught me from spiraling downward when I’m tempted to be unthankful.
I still think what God has called me to do has not yet been fully realized, which, by the way, psychologists say is one of the leading causes of depression. However, I know this, thankfulness has not only dramatically changed my attitude for the better, which keeps me joyful, but those in my life are thankful that I am thankful.
Stay connected to God by being thankful for every good thing, and person, in your life.
Q. What can you be thankful for? Look around you. What do you see that is good?
Q. Now stop and thank Him for it.