Throughout my growing up years, my mother had an expression she used whenever my sister or I would be unhappy and display a negative attitude. She would say “Get happy!” It was understood by her tone and mannerism, that you had better quickly display a more positive outlook or you would be provided with adequate justification for sadness—you get the picture.
Everyone has difficulties, and conflicts, but as Christians, we have abundant reasons to be thankful every day. If you find yourself dwelling on how life is not going your way, and people are not behaving as you think they should—check your own attitude first.
In Psalm 51, David lays out a pattern for steps to thankfulness: (1) v. 10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me.” (2) v. 12 – “Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.” (3) v. 15 – “Unseal my lips, O Lord, that I may praise you.”
Spend some time in prayer this week, repenting, renewing, restoring joy, being obedient, and ultimately praising God. Let this Thanksgiving Day be a time to get happy and thankful!
Daily Prayer Focus
Nov. 21 - Worship Leaders
Nov. 22 - Community Thanksgiving
Nov. 23 - Shut-Ins
Nov. 24 - Trustees Ministry Team
Nov. 25 - Shoebox Ministry
Nov. 26 - Be Thankful!
Nov. 27 - Missions to Asia
Nov. 28 - FUMC Church Staff