Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.

Psalm 50: 14

No matter what we do or how much effort we put out in attempting to serve God, it is all of little importance if our hearts are not thankful. We can be continually engaged in doing good works and in churchy-type activities and still be doing it all in order to feel good or to appear righteous to other people. It is the internal attitude that matters most, and that attitude is formed out of an understanding of why we need to be thankful to God.

There is something about the act of thanking God for who He is, for what He does, and for His amazing love that orients the heart and the mind to better connect with God’s will. Thanksgiving leads to freedom from my preconceived notions of what I should be doing and opens my mind to grasp entering into the things that will truly bring glory to God. Expressing my thanks to God places Him in the center of my focus and takes me out out of that position, and that change in orientation leads to the sort of empowerment that sets true service into motion.

My prayer for this day is that my heart will stay in a continuous attitude of thankfulness to my Lord, that my mind will not drift away from that focus, and that everything that I do throughout this day will be engaged from a desire to bring glory to God. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, my Lord. Thank you.