O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 107:1
No Matter what may be going on in your life, giving thanks is a good strategy for helping the situation take a turn for the better. When you are down, being grateful can lift you up. When you are happy, expressing gratitude keeps things in perspective by pointing to God as the source of all blessings. When you are troubled, confused or overwhelmed, thanksgiving can bring clarity and lower your stress.
Jesus had a habit of giving thanks, especially for the ways that he saw the Kingdom of God revealed in people. When Zacchaeus turned his life around Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Jesus was giving thanks for the work of the Spirit in this man whom Jesus loved.