This past Sunday, at Crestview, we released a gratitude guide (Access it here: Gratitude Guide) meant to stir our people to fresh expressions of gratitude rooted in the Gospel. I love how Milton Vincent connects gratitude to the Gospel in The Gospel Primer. He writes:
When I look at any circumstance God apportions me, I am first grateful for the wrath I am not receiving in that moment (the empty part of the cup never looked so good!). Second, I am grateful for the blessings that are given to me instead of His wrath. (Life’s blessings, however small, always appear exceedingly precious when viewed against the backdrop of the wrath I deserve.) This two-layered gratitude disposes my heart to give things in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and it also lends a certain intensity to my giving of thanks. Such a gospel-generated gratitude glorifies God, contributes to peace of mind (Philippians 4:6-7), and keeps my foot from the path of foolishness and ruin (Romans 1:21-22, 28-29). (p.48)
So, I hope this encourages you and equips you with reasons to be grateful to God as we approach Thanksgiving.