October 17, 2012

THANKFULNESS by Bryan Norford

Thankfulness is at least joy and gratitude for what we have. We are thankful for this life and its abundance, and supremely for the greatest gift of all, new life in Jesus Christ.

But Scripture also declares that thankfulness is the bulwark against a declining humanity. “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened,” Romans 1:21.

My first reaction? How can being thankful guard our lives? Paul asserts here that all our thoughts, ideas, or philosophies, become futile—ineffective, misdirected—without thankfulness to God. Of course, thankfulness flows from belief in, and worship of, God.

If, as we believe, God exists and is relevant to life, then any opposing belief is a poor foundation for life. If we begin buttoning a shirt or blouse with the wrong button, every button is out of place. So it is with life. If we build on a false assumption, all our thinking is disordered and life is senseless.

Thankfulness to God recognizes He is our source and supply. That mindset directs our thinking aright through all the events of earthly life. But of greater consequence, it will direct us through death, the gateway to eternal life. “For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal,” 2 Corinthians 4:18.

Any idea that falls short of this cosmic scheme is paltry and eventually powerless. It may founder somewhere in life, but will certainly fail in death. For death is where the rubber meets the road and our beliefs stand or fall.

We are finally thankful that God is beyond life. We are thankful for His power over the unseen, outside of earthly space and time. Thankfulness places us on a secure path for life and eternity.

Bryan Norford


  1. Hi Bryan,
    I share your sense that as we decline we become less thankful, and that we need to be thankful to stay close to the Lord, and the opposite is true too!

  2. Thank you for the posting on thankfulness. I really loved what you wrote in the last paragraph.

  3. It's a bit like a 'self fulfilling' prophecy. If we are thankful then we seem to have more to be thankful about... (Cue music: 'The Circle of Life')

  4. And I'm thankful that you ladies have responded to the blog.

    You have confirmed my view that there is more to being thankful than just being thankful!

  5. Thanks for your thoughts Bryan. In these last few years I've learned to be thankful for things that without Christ, no one could be thankful for. And you've reminded me that even in death, as Christians we can rejoice.


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