Gratefulness: expressing sincere appreciation to God and to others for the ways that they have benefited my life.
During this week that we focus on giving thanks, a vital aspect to remember is that it must be expressed to be genuine thanksgiving. Just thinking about our blessings is not giving thanks. Thanksgiving is an action that flows from a grateful heart.
All week but especially on Thursday, make the effort to speak your gratitude to those who have benefited your life. Don’t just hope they know how you feel, tell them. In fact, you be the catalyst around the Thanksgiving table that starts true giving of thanks by not merely listing your blessings but explaining why and to whom you are grateful.
Why make the effort?
It will enhance the conversation and atmosphere, leading to deeper relationships.
It will set an example for others of genuine thanksgiving.
It will motivate the people you thank to improve those areas of their lives.
Most important of all, it will honor God.
“So much has been given to me, I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.” Helen Keller