The Missing Ingredient

The other day Marshall shared with me a thoughtful essay he had written about thankfulness. I was challenged by his insight. The essence of his message was that when we are not thankful, we become dissatisfied and think something is missing from our lives. We search for the missing ingredient to happiness, never realizing that it’s not a thing, but an attitude. It reminded me of his observation a few weeks ago that it’s better to want what you already having, instead of always wishing for more. When we are thankful for what we do have, we find true contentment. The joy of the Lord flows from a thankful heart.

Today, on my favorite holiday, I am challenged again to choose thankfulness, even for the many uncertainties in my life.  Colossians 2:7 talks about abounding in faith with thanksgiving. Faith is what me us to be thankful even in unknown circumstances. I can believe God for all the uncertainties and be thankful for His direction and provision. My future is secure in His hands. This produces a well of confidence, contentment, and thanksgiving.

My Prayer of Thanks

The giving of thanks can become so rote,
it can lose its meaning, and feel so much like obligation.
But it should bring joy to our hearts,
As we give back to the One in whose care we live
A small blessing for all He’s given to us.
It should come from a heart so light and free,
Because faith has opened it’s eyes.
Thanksgiving should be the most earnest of gifts,
Not rote or obligatory, but fresh and genuine.
Make my heart beat with thankfulness, Lord,
Remind me of your great love and care,
Close the hole with your wholeness, and make me believe,
Give me faith for the journey I travel.
And I will offer back to you what you’ve given me,                                                                                                                                                  A heart full of love and gratitude.


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