With each breath, each move live thanks to Him

1 Thessalonians-5 18 NewAs we have been moving steadily toward Thanksgiving Day, a number of scriptures related to being thankful have come to mind. The Verse of Day for the past several days has focused on expressing our gratitude to God for all that He has done. In commenting on aspects of thankfulness in every situation that we encounter as believers, I recalled the words of J. Rufus Moseley, who spoke of “an attitude of gratitude and boundless good will.” This attitude should be pervasive, as we attempt to express our gratitude to God in thought, word and deed. We endeavor to demonstrate our gratitude to God from the fullness of our hearts, overflowing with thanks. More than merely occasionally expressing how grateful we are, we desire to maintain a continual “attitude of gratitude,” a lifestyle that some have called “thanksliving.” The essence of our attitude of endless gratitude is expressed in this poem:

Thanksliving

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God

in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

What shall we render to the Lord for all

His grace? What can we say to offer praise

Worthy of His glory? How can we call

With all our being upon His name and raise

A new song from the depths of our heart?

We must do more than mouth a platitude–

To express our soul in words is an art;

Yet words cannot express our gratitude.

Mere words are empty and without merit.

“Thank you” too soon becomes a hollow phrase.

So we must worship God with our spirit

And must give thanks well for all of our days.

To live is give thanks with tongue and limb;

With each breath, each move, let us live thanks to Him.

The closing lines of the poem reiterate the exhortation to express our gratitude to God in all that we say and in all that we do, as expressions of “thanksliving” which I describe as a lifestyle of gratitude.

In reflecting on how we can convey our gratitude to God for all that He has done, I thought of the ways in which we are fearfully and wonderfully made, so as to show forth praise to God. Recently I thought of three ways whereby we get in synch with the natural phenomena that remind us to say “thank you.”

The beat of a healthy heart is made up of two sounds. In healthy adults, these two sounds occur in sequence with each heartbeat that is often described as a “lub-dub” sound. In my mind, I hear the same sequence of sounds as “thank you.” Every beat of my heart pulsates “thank you” to God.

The accompanying video explains how the heartbeat or lub-dub sound is formed.

Another natural process that can be related to giving thanks is respiration. This process of breathing involves has two distinct phases: inspiration (inhalation) and expiration (exhalation). During inspiration, the diaphragm contracts, as air rushes in to fill the lungs. During expiration, the diaphragm relaxes, as the lungs contract, forcing the air out.

In a manner similar to our association with our heartbeat, we can connect our breathing with “thank you.” As we take in oxygen (inhale), we thank God, saying “thank you,” and as we release carbon dioxide, we also release a “thank you” to God. Every breath that we take can be an expression of our gratitude to God, as “we breathe thanks to Him.”

The respiration process is explained in the following video:

In yet another manner, I attempt to be more consciously aware of saying “thank you” in this way. I jokingly named my right foot “Thank you” and my left foot “Lordy.” This means that everywhere I go, I say, “Thank you, Lordy!”

Occasionally I have conscientiously made that pattern a means to express my gratitude, but far too often I walk here and there without consciously thinking of or giving thanks to God. I must do more to continually express my gratitude to God, not only with each breath that I take but with each move that I make, all of which is the essence of “thanksliving.”

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir offers this closing exhortation in song: “In Everything Give Him Thanks”:

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3 Responses to “With each breath, each move live thanks to Him”

  1. Dr. J Says:

    Reblogged this on Dr. J's Apothecary Shoppe and commented:

    As we approach the last Thursday in November, recognized as Thanksgiving Day, I thought of the teaching series being taught by Bishop Charles Mellette of Christian Provision Ministries.
    This post echoes the same sentiments that every day is a day to give.Co-Pastor Patti Mellette recently encouraged believers to “Open your mouth and say “Thank you.”May this re-posting be a blessing.

  2. joseph elon lillie Says:

    Learning to give thanks is one of the first steps in overcoming a spirit of poverty.

  3. Dr. J Says:

    Thanks so stopping by and leaving an insightful comment. Yes, indeed, thanking God for what you have while giving thanks for what He has in store will overcoming a spirit of poverty mindset. Thanks for sharing.

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