University Relations // 11.22.2016
As we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with all its food, family and fun, it’s a good time to take a closer look at the practice of giving thanks.
After all, the Bible makes it clear that we are to be thankful at all times. Verses such as 1 Thessalonians 5:18,“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” and Ephesians 5:20, “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” showcase an attitude of thanksgiving.
According to overviewbible.com, thanks as an idea is mentioned 102 times in the Old Testament and 71 times in the New Testament. Jesus Christ offers thanks to His Father numerous times, such as in John 11:41, “Then Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me.’”
The concept of expressing thanks or gratitude is not reserved for Christians. Numerous studies make the case for the mental and health benefits of counting blessings. Naming what we are thankful for can lead to improved sleep, more energy and better relationships.
Physically writing down what you are thankful for each day in an online journal or a simple notebook just might transform your days. Your list of thanks can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make it.
And on the days when it is hard to come up with a list of blessings, remember that you can always give thanks for the God of the universe who supplies us with everything. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.