“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15, NKJV)
The word we translate as “thanks” is used more than 40 times in the New Testament. (And that does not include variants of that word, such as “thanksgiving,” and “gratitude.”)
We have so much for which to be thankful, yet even the children of God are admonished (as Paul did to the Christians in Colosse) to be thankful. I wonder whether it is because — like it or not — it seems to be our nature to focus on the few things we lack, instead of the many things we have.
As a nation, a day in November is set-aside for giving thanks. As the children of the living God, we are invited to make every day “Thanksgiving Day.” Is there a dearth of evidence of God’s goodness? – Luther