Posted: November 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

I have been giving considerable thought to this little quote by Ravi Zacharias

Wonder is retained by wise pondering

The word  ‘ponder’ is defined as:  to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate, to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully. 

In the United States Thanksgiving Day is  a day set aside for Americans to remember their beginning and to be thankful for all that we have.

The word ‘remember’ is defined as: to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully

The word  ‘thankful’ is defined as: feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative.

The word ‘gratitude’ is defined as: the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful

The scripture is clear that God’s people are to be thankful people. Just a few scriptures are:

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.  Psalm 28:7

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. 1Chronicles 16:8

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100:4-5

One of the most effective ways to have and keep a thankful heart is by remembering God’s faithfulness in our lives.

Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. 2Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. 3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  Deuteronomy 8: 1-3

An effective way to remember God faithful is to speak of and teach His commands, promises and words.

4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9

I’ve been working on this post for several days and have struggled to finish it.  I tried to have it ready for Thanksgiving Day but obviously did not.  Today in church John Meadth spoke on having an attitude of gratitude.  It was an excellent message, which prompted me to among other things work on this post again.

I have discovered that thankfulness and gratitude will not take a hold of a life that:

  • Has short short-term memory
  • Has an attitude of entitlement
  • Is not generous
  • Sees the gift instead of the giver

I love this little quote by William Shakespeare ,

O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!

I encourage you right now, to find a quiet place where you can sit back and remember, think back, ponder and dwell on God’s faithfulness and on all that He has blessed you with.  Not one day goes by where I do not thank God for the awesome privilege of living in Haiti and how He has always been there.  There, as well, is not a day that goes by where I do not thank God that you have been with us.

With gratitude, thankfulness, amazement, and awe,

John McHoul

  1. Barry mc Donald says:

    I like it a lot. Been pondering of late as well, need to talk soon. Baz

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