Happy Thanksgiving

 “It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.”     Psalm 92

Giving thanks is at the heart of scripture.  The Old Testament is filled with verses referencing the call to give thanks:

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done”.       1 Chronicles 16:8

The New Testament strengthens the Old Testament terminology…

…”always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.        Ephesians 5:20

 

Giving thanks described life in the Holy Spirit; as a song of praise that is ever bubbling over in the heart- more than a positive outlook, more than a rote prayer, this true thanks giving is a supernatural, Holy Spirit activity continually giving praise in our hearts to the Father. Our western mindset teaches that thanks is what we exclaim when something has been done for us such as a gift or favor. Our response is to say thank you.  In biblical culture, when it speaks of thanks, the giving of thanks and praise is always addressed to the person of God himself. It gives honor and is an expression of who God is! AWESOME, WONDER and WOW!!!!

Because God is so glorious and fantastic, thanksgiving is an attitude of the heart, a delight like the little child clapping and jumping with abandonment to the necessary response of who God is.  Scripture says that this attitude, this applause to God is expressed…

"O clap your hands, all peoples; shout to God with the voice of joy”.  Psalm 47:1

Thanksgiving is intentional and deliberate. We are revealing the glory of God. We are declaring it to each other and to the world of darkness by speaking it into the atmosphere. Simply put, thanksgiving is a leap into the arms of God.

I’m sure you are asking yourself right about now “what on earth does this have to do with organizing?”  Let me explain.

…”For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him. Instead, their thoughts turned to worthless things, and their senseless hearts were darkened”.    Romans 1:21 NIV

This chapter speaks of the degeneration of mankind when Adam and Eve begin to believe the lie.  This Chapter in Romans says that although they knew God, they neither glorified him nor gave thanks to him. When Adam and Eve stopped being thankful, when there was no more leaping into the arms of God love, it says they became futile in their thoughts. Giving of thanks is not a footnote, giving of thanks is not a P.S. Futility means pointless, meaningless, going around in circles. When a person is not giving thanks, their thoughts become actions that results in absolute futility.  I see a direct correlation between the need to consume material goods, and the absolute futility many of my clients feel after their purchases.  Buying becomes a sport and/or an addiction with out any regard to being thankful for each possession. This direct lack of respect (un-thankfulness) is a beginning of clutter build-up. Have you ever been unable to comprehend on how to get your organizing process started because of the sheer magnitude of the clutter?  “And their foolish hearts were darkened.”

The absence of thanksgiving is a heart of self-will or self-effort; everything that goes with the lie. Giving of thanks joins us to divine wisdom and purpose. Giving thanks is the very oxygen of indwelling with God.  Giving thanks is a valuable treasure.

…to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night…Psalm 92:2

 It is a privilege that we are admitted to praise the Lord, and hope to be accepted in the morning, and every night; not only on Sabbath days, but every day; not only in public, but in private, and in our families. Let us give thanks every morning for the mercies of the night, and every night for the mercies of the day; going out, and coming in.

I have a client who called me for time management skills. As a Christian client, I asked her if she spent anytime in prayer before the day began. This happened to be on her wish list. Her current days are filled with meaningless activities, but ones she fills obligated to do for her family’s sake. I asked her to do an experiment before getting out of bed. I asked her to write down 3 things she was thankful for yesterday and three things she was thankful for today. As she took authority over her hours; her attitude reflected the naming of the day. It was no longer just another day and as the weeks progressed her heart began to change, and new directions began to take shape in her life. Her hours were filled with purpose, meaning and a renewed thankfulness.

Thankfulness will sharpen honor and respect for what we own. This new perspective on our possessions will allow you to see not only how well you take care of your environment, but a new awareness will begin to become internalize on how well you take care of you!

Eileen Koff CPO

www.EileenKoffMinistries.com