As Thanksgiving approaches, I thought it appropriate to write this week’s post on the spiritual discipline of gratitude. Now before you write this off as just another Thanksgiving promotional post, let me tell you that this is not a typical preparatory message—at least it wasn’t for me when the Lord was speaking. I want to talk about how to be thankful when the situation doesn’t seem to warrant gratitude.
According to every sitcom in the world and nearly everyone I’ve ever spoken to about the holiday, Thanksgiving is often the day we’re the least thankful. Many of us have crazy relatives in the house (maybe even spending the night in your house) especially if you’re one of those unfortunate souls whose family stays overnight, and sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is implementing the spiritual discipline of gratitude. Read more