Summary: Four tips that can help you take advantage of the Thanksgiving Season and develop an "Attitude of Gratitude" for the remainder of your life.

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Developing an Attitude of Gratitude

Luke 17:11-19

Pre-Sermon Icebreaker:

Today is Thanksgiving Sunday. This time next week we’ll all have a new determination.... a determination to lose the 10 pounds we put on in one week!

I have a "Top Ten List" of ways you can know you overdid Thanksgiving.

10. Paramedics bring in the jaws of life to pry you from your Lazy-Boy Chair.

9. Your after-dinner moans are loud enough to signal Dr. Kevorkian.

8. The "Gravy Boat" your wife set out was a real 12’ boat!

7. The potatoes you used set off a famine in Ireland.

6. You received a Sumo-Wrestling application in the mail.

5. You set off the earthquake seismographs while on your Friday morning jog.

4. The rash on your stomach turns out to be a steering wheel burn.

3. Representatives from the Butterball Hall of Fame call ... twice.

2. You consider gluttony your patriotic duty.

1. The leftovers are gonna last until Christmas!

How appropriate it is that we set aside one day as a national holiday to give thanks to God for his protection and provision. I think you will find this passage from Luke 17 to be appropriate.

[11] Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.

[12] As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance

[13] and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

[14] When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

[15] One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.

[16] He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him —and he was a Samaritan.

[17] Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?

[18] Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”

[19] Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Can you imagine what the Lord feels like when we show so little gratitude? Jesus healed ten people of leprosy. Out of the ten only one person returned to give thanks.

What did Jesus think about that?

God invites us to be grateful and to express thanks.

Cultivating thankfulness is essential to developing a positive attitude and spiritual passion.

May I offer a few tips to help us develop an “Attitude of Gratitude”?


Pessimism is as much a choice and a learned behavior as optimism. As I have told you before, some people remind me of Eyore the donkey of Winnie the Pooh fame. There default setting is “woe is me.” That makes gratitude almost impossible.

Philippians 4:8 (KJV)says:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Choosing gratitude as a way of living is a choice we make.

How to Observe Thanksgiving

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;

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