Renewing Our Minds to Thankfulness By Debbie Sanders
As we approach the holiday season, our attention turns toward principles that should be a part of our everyday lives: thankfulness, peace and good will, among others. It is at this time of year that we are encouraged to look beyond our self and focus on the blessings around us.
How interesting it is that in a list of sins manifest in the last day - such as blasphemers, covetous, proud, disobedient and unholy - the sin of not being thankful is listed (II Timothy 3:1-2). I think God is pretty serious about the importance of us showing thanks to Him.
However, if our mind is not trained to look for the good, then a learned habit of negativity and criticism easily takes over. So how do we retrain our mind? Romans 12:2 encourages us, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
How do we renew our mind? Our answer is found in Philippians 4:8. "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
Debbie Sanders is Hawaii District ladies president and also director of Today's Christian Girl.