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Summary: A Thanksgiving holiday message teaching thanksgiving as a way of life

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(adapted from a message by Darryl Dash entitled The Ultimate Lifestyle: Living Gratefully)

SPECIAL DAY: THANKSGIVING

TEXT: HEBREWS 12:28

TITLE: “DEVELOPING A LIFE OF GRATITUDE”

INTRODUCTION: A. An older fellow came into the post office with a post card in his hand. He

approached the postal employee behind the counter and said, “Sir, could you please

address this post card for me?” The employee gladly did so.

The older fellow then asked the postal employee if he could write a short message

on the post card for him. The employee agreed to do so. Then the older fellow asked

if he would sign it for him, too.

When he was finished, the postal employee asked, “Is there anything else I can do

for you?” The old fellow thought about it for a minute and then said, “Yes. At the

end could you just put, ‘P.S. Please excuse the sloppy handwriting?’”

--People are not naturally grateful

B. Some reasons for a lack of gratitude:

1. One of the reasons we struggle with gratitude is the pace of our life

a. We’re in too big of a hurry to be grateful

b. We’re so accustomed to being on the run that we never stop long enough to

recognize just how blessed we are.

2. Another reason for a lack of gratitude is that we’re too consumer oriented

--We approach life as if it’s a big shopping trip in which the name of the game is

acquiring more

3. The reason that we’re so busy and given to consumerism is that we take everything

for granted

--We forget to show gratitude to God for all that he has given us

C. Characteristics of ungrateful people:

1. Ungrateful people are never satisfied

a. No matter what happens, it’s never good enough for them.

--They’re always waiting on something bigger and better

b. Is. 1:3 – God says, “Even the animals – the donkey and the ox- know their owner

and appreciate his care, but not my people Israel. No matter what I do for them,

they still do not understand.”

2. Ungrateful people are always stressed out

a. The reason they’re so stressed out is that they’re ungrateful

b. People who are ungrateful believe that they’ve done it all themselves

1). If you believe you’ve done it all yourself in the past then you probably

believe that it’s all up to you in the future.

--You don’t need people. You don’t need God. You just carry the load

yourself

2). The result is a stressed-out life

c. Deut. 8:10 – “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your

God for the good land he has given you.”

3. Ungrateful people have no joy

a. If ungrateful people are never satisfied and they’re always stressed out, the

result is going to be a lack of joy

b. Prov. 10:28 – “The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked

come to nothing.”

D. Heb. 12:28 – “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let

us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”

--How do you develop a life of gratitude and “so worship God acceptably”?

1. When the economy isn’t good

2. When things aren’t going your way

3. When our nation is at war

4. The Bible gives us three keys to developing a life of gratitude


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