Each year at this time, families gather and celebrate a uniquely American holiday, Thanksgiving. Everyone knows the old stories from our nations origins and we all generally enjoy a big feast with family and friends. It is, truly, one of my favorite times and brings back lots of great memories. Pumpkin pie, cornbread stuffing, football rivalries and people I deeply love.

But, as believers, shouldn’t we celebrate God’s blessings all the time? In other words, this shouldn’t be an annual celebration but a continual one. So, how do we cultivate an attitude of thankfulness?

I think a key element in cultivating this attitude of gratitude is to remember that everything you have is a gift. You might think you own things, but in reality they are only a result of God’s grace. Every breath and beat of our hearts is truly a precious gift from God. Every blessing and precious moment is a gift. In fact, even those tough times in which we learned valuable life lessons are the result of God’s grace.

So, don’t just say “THANKS” one day a year on Thanksgiving. Instead, take on an attitude of ThanksLiving.

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