Thankful Heart

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
    before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple
    and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
    for you have exalted above all things
    your name and your word.[a]
On the day I called, you answered me;
    my strength of soul you increased.[b]

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,
    for they have heard the words of your mouth,
and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
    for great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
    but the haughty he knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
    and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
    your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
    Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm 138: 1-8 (ESV)

A thankful heart is the expressive attitude of a follower of Jesus Christ. When one comes to understand who HE IS and what HE has done, and what HE plans to accomplish with you and me, one can only drop to their knees with a grateful heart and thank HIM.

A thankful heart is the byproduct of gratitude which also leads to a more outgoing concern for the needs of others; and the heartfelt compassion and generosity are also balanced with truth and justice.

A thankful heart acknowledges God has given you and me boundaries to operate with for our good and the good of others. Instead of ruling over others, we serve them. Instead of showering others with empty rhetoric and fortitude, the thankful heart understands the value of the individual human spirit facing challenges and encourages them to grow and mature.

A thankful heart is not swayed by pompous living and make-believe-utopias, but by the simple, natural understanding of human needs and the marvelous creation given to us to explore and experience.

A thankful heart bestows blessings on others without expectation of any returns.

A thankful heart knows when to lead and when to follow; and who not to follow.

A thankful heart loves to share their blessings with others.

A thankful heart sees the best in others.

A thankful heart also sees the lies, hypocrisies, and false impressions of others and avoids their delusional imprisonments.

A thankful heart is a repentant soul understanding their need for a Savior.

These are just a few of the thoughts that came across my mind this morning. For those who want to bathe their mind with more thankful thoughts, click on the links below to read past blogs:

Thanksgiving is All I Have

Thankfulness is Repentance in Action

Thank You Lord

Thank You Jesus Christ

Gratitude

Gratitude 101

Today I Get To…

PS: May You Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Author of e-Books

 *  Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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Thanksgiving is ALL I Have

Psalm 100:4

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

What can I give to the Lord that is truly mine to give?

He is King of heaven and earth and therefore owns it all. He gives us stewardship responsibility for everything at our disposal. How we buy and sell anything is simply the means of exchange – He still owns it all. Yet the one thing I can give Him from my most inner being is the absolute appreciation for everything He has done, is doing, and yet to do in our world called life.

The Bible speaks about the sacrifice of thanksgiving which is our attitude and manner of expressing the gratitude to the one who owns it all.

When we initially focus our attention toward Him, we approach His presence through the doorway of thanksgiving. For thanksgiving:

  • Acknowledges Him for Who He IS.
  • Expresses our attitude of repentance.
  • Shows our gratefulness.
  • Reveals our inner heart.
  • Reflects on His story.
  • Reminds us He is our Lord and we are His servant.
  • Empties the self by replacing the self with Him.
  • Restores the mindfulness of His daily presence.
  • Helps us to focus on the important values of life.
  • Rejoices over His salvation for humanity.
  • Rejuvenates the soul.
  • Gives glory to HIM Who deserves ALL glory and honor and praise.
  • Everything else is His. But my response of thankfulness is all I have to truly give Him.

How do you express your thankfulness to Him?

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

 *  Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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Waste Time with God

PS: 37:3-5, 7, 23-24, 39-40

 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
so you will live in the land, and enjoy security…

Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart…

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act…

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
over those who carry out evil devices….

Our steps are made firm by the Lord,
when he delights in our way;
though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong,
for the Lord holds us by the hand…

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
he is their refuge in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and rescues them;
he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

waste time

The Thirty-Seven Psalm is one of my favorites. Whenever life throws another undesirable obstacle my way, the words from this passage come to mind.

Being an occasional over-achiever, I sometimes fall prey to the humanistic view that life is a formula. If I do A and B plus C, then life will generate D. However, overtime reality eventually teaches us life is not a predictable formula. You can push all the correct buttons, but life’s results are not a scheduled software program with predetermined results already in place. The many unknown options and variables allow multiple outcomes. We may hold personal expectations, but most of those outcomes are controlled by others outside our influence.

So, is there a better way than to work harder, manipulate more, call on favors, beg key influencers, practice superstitious rituals, and strive ourselves until sheer exhaustion?

The writer of Psalms 37 not only believed but witness countless life circumstances that says yes. As a long-term apprentice of Jesus Christ, I likewise witness countless events in people’s life where an outside, invisible hand changed outcomes while regenerating a person’s spirit. This invisible hand has come known to me as the Triune God – Father God, Lord Jesus, and Holy Spirit.

Now instead of continually mastering all the human tools for success, health, and happiness, I rather lean on an Eternal One whose ways are often considered foolish in the eyes of humanity. To waste time with God rather than pursue one’s goal doesn’t make sense I’ve been told over and over again. But life’s outcomes prove otherwise.

If you haven’t done so yet, why not put Father-Son-Spirit to the test? This next month make the intentional purpose to waste time with God. Go to the beach, ride a bike, take a trip to the park, and focus your mind, body, and soul toward listening and communicating with Him. Don’t expect any specific results, instead wait until the end of the month and reflect on what just happened. If you are honest with yourself, you will be pleasantly surprised, and want to repeat the process over and over again.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:

Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
Great Business Emulates a Good God
Be Radical…Follow Christ!
Simply The Messenger
Unequally Married

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