Thanksgiving

7 Declarations to Make Every Day Thanksgiving

If every day was Thanksgiving, I think we’d all be quite a bit heavier! Wouldn’t you agree? There’s a reason we should only celebrate it once a year.

Still, for a moment set aside the turkey, the pies, and the cornbread dressing and make a declaration to make every day Thanksgiving day.

In other words, live a life of continuous gratitude and worship.

It’s hard, especially after the floods, elections, conflict and crises we’ve experienced.

Here are 7 declarations that will send you on your way to Thanksgiving every day.

  1. Today I’ll live a life of celebration. The brooding life is not holy. To many, it might look holy but a grave-digger and skeptic do not a Kingdom make.
  1. Today I’ll simplify to remove distractions. Our inability to hear God is directly linked to the static of modern life. It’s perhaps the greatest plague of the church. We are uncomfortable with silence. The things we place before our eyes, the multitude of messages we receive on a daily basis, even the food that we eat potentially blocks our reception of God’s voice. We often expel the voice of God through texts, emails, Facebook, radio, TV, and music.
  1. Today I won’t tolerate negativity. If you find yourself surrounded by negative, whiney, sarcastic people, consider the architecture of you life and think about doing a little renovation.
  1. Today I’ll meditate on Holy Scripture. Don’t just read it.  Become preoccupied with it! Stuff your self full of holy words and you’ll see it bring a blessing of peace over your life because your eyes and ears are open to His Word.
  1. Today I’ll follow God’s heart and not my own. Keep in mind what God thinks of your heart: it is deceitful. Culture says, “Follow your heart.” Please don’t. It’s a dead-end proposition. Discover the heart of God and follow His.  Stop all self-promotion campaigns. We are all involved in a throne battle. Ask yourself: “Who will I place on the throne of my life? To which king will I bow down?”
  1. Today I’ll clarify boundaries in my personal world. The ability to hear God is directly related to our ability to say ‘no’ to lots of things in your life- even a few good things. We understand that we are not capable of doing everything for everybody. Your closest friends will not understand it. Some will be disappointed in you and others will think you are a prude, but celebrate your boundaries. If you understand the purpose you have been created to achieve, saying NO (sometimes in bold and all caps) is not just recommended, it is required.
  1. Today I’ll seek discernment regarding my day. Every morning, ask for wisdom and courage.  You need them both in order to discern the voice of Holy God and to do whatever He tells you to do.

Remember…

The very best moment in life is today. Today is a gift which is moving forward faster than thoughts or plans. Today is where I am right here and right now. Today is an opportunity to change the little things.

Today is closer. Tomorrow is a promise and yesterday is an eternity from anything I could attain.

Today is most noble.

Today is most daring.

Tomorrow hopes but today is.

God holds the future and redeems all of yesterday but today is closer and today is where I find God.

I hope when you read this you will be grateful for this moment … grateful for where you are and what an amazing concept today, right now, really is. I hope that today you aren’t planning a siege on your enemy. I hope you aren’t wasting this moment trying to prove that you are right. I hope you aren’t swallowed up in regret. I hope you aren’t poisoning your time with trivial, toxic thoughts of wealth, vanity or revenge. None of that really works, anyway.

I hope you are in the moment because this moment is sculpting your destiny.

I live therefore I am … here … TODAY!

No matter what the day brings, if I rest in these declarations, thanksgiving becomes a lifestyle – not an annual event.