When it comes to cultivating gratitude, we need all the help we can get. As I wrote last week, thanksgiving does not come naturally to sinful people. Grumbling and disputing comes natural (Philippians 2:14). Gratitude is the heart's response to seeing and experiencing grace. And we must intentionally look for grace. It's all around us. But selfishness distorts the lenses of our heart-eyes. So we need scriptural prescription lenses to see right. But once we begin to see, oh how things change. It is then that the real meaning of Thanksgiving dawns on us. We discover that the real feast of Thanksgiving is feasting on thanksgiving. Thursday's American food feast is not the focus but is a finger that points us to a feast for our souls: God's abounding, all-sufficient grace (2 Corinthians 9:8).
Now, if we (Americans) rush into Thursday’s celebration having barely reflected on gratitude, we will fill our stomachs but leave our souls hungry. So here are some resources that will help increase your thanksgiving appetite.
Make your debt of gratitude bigger, not smaller! (4 min) I love this interview with John Piper where he says, "the greatest Christian is the one who reaches the finish line with the most debt to God." Christ paid your debt of sin and delights in giving you everything freely forevermore!
[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]