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What is Your “TQ”?

We all know what IQ means, but what is your TQ? That would be your “Thanksgiving Quotient”.  On a scale of 1-10, how thankful are you? Another question that’s good to ask ourselves is “what determines our level of gratitude?” If we are a “8” or “9” when life is going good and only a “2” or “3” when things are rough, then we may need a little help to discover how to be thankful all the time.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.  This command from our Lord, through the Apostle Paul, means a couple of things. First, if God requires us to give thanks in all circumstances then it must be possible. If it were not possible, God would not command it of us.  Secondly, circumstances are not to be the determining factor of our gratitude. Let’s take these thoughts in order.

Just because God commands us to be thankful does not mean that gratitude is some kind of dirty job that we will hate. Because God knows us intimately, He knows that we function best with the grease of thanksgiving lubricating our attitudes and lives. Discontent is like sand in the gears of a fine watch, it will bring our joy to a grinding halt!

Also, this thankfulness we are to have doesn’t depend on outward circumstances because true gratitude is based on the eternal gifts God has given us that circumstances cannot take away, things like our salvation, God’s love and mercy just to name a few. These gifts are ours, period! When life gets tough and we are tempted to complain and get bitter, take these blessings out and gaze at them.  You will find that your circumstances will look much different afterward.

This week we set aside one day to offer up our thanks to God for all He is and all He has done for us. In the hectic pace we sometimes set for ourselves at this time of year, let’s make sure we take time to get alone with God and tell Him.  And, by the way, it is a good time to tell the special people in our lives that we are grateful for them, too!

Mike Whitney