Living a Christian Life Filled with Thankfulness
On our spiritual journey as Christians, two of the most beautiful words people can use are “thank you.” Giving thanks is the basis of faith, especially for Christians who live in God’s salvation and love.
Giving thanks is one of the virtues that human beings should be constantly aware of in our lives. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Living with gratitude is the life that God wants from Christians.
Something to pay attention to here is that gratitude should be expressed to others. In Chinese, the word “gratitude” is a combination of “gam”(感) meaning “feeling” and “sa”(謝), meaning “compensate.” In other words, gratitude is an outward expression of the feelings of thanks that you feel in your heart. In English, this is also called thanks giving. “Thanks” means gratitude and “giving” means passing on to someone else. Therefore, thanks giving is an expression of gratitude you feel in your heart and give to another person.
I always have a hymn in my head at this time of year. The hymn is “When Upon Life’s Billows You are Tempest Tossed.” The refrain of the hymn has the following lyrics:
Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, see what God hath done; Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
As Christians we need to express our feelings of thanks to God. Although we do not deserve to have many blessings and grace, God gives us many blessings and grace because God loves us. I hope you count the blessings that God gave you this year and you live a life filled with thankfulness as a Christian, Happy Thanksgiving!
Rev. Ji-Tae Park