Thanksgivings is a sacrifice.
Jonah knows it is. Expecially sitting in the belly of a whale for days,skin burned and wrinkled, hungry and stinking.
David knows too. When you have been running from a crazy king for years, even though you are God’s chosen successor,it is.
Job knows. When everything has been stripped from you including the support from your trusted friends, it is. He never forgot to bless God for Life. God had faith in him to the extend of boasting in him.
Things will always not be glamorous and shining but thankful heart and mind will always save a prayer or blessing for you in his presence. Sometimes it’s a stretch of our heart to conjure the delight God has given. But it is also an experience we immediately benefit from. When we can squeeze thankful thoughts out of our heart, when we can push them from our mouth, they lift our spirit up.
Thankfulness reminds us we are cared for.