Cultivating A Grateful Heart In All Circumstances
by Sam Crabtree
While growing up my mom insisted we always say “please” and “thank you”. As my brothers and I grew, those two words were practiced so much—that when spoken a heartfelt sincerity echoed from them. In the most simplest of contexts, this is what Practicing Thankfulness purveys; with a unique indepthness that can only be described as a soul searching expedition into the scriptures from Crabtree’s pool of theological and practical experiences.
However, when weighing the contents of this book, against the year 2020 and its debris into 2021; thankfulness got misplaced somewhere between global catastrophies and humanities maladies. With that being said, Crabtree brings thankfulness back into focus by lighting the way to its path through this darkness with God’s word.
He writes, “Thanksgiving will draw our hearts out to God and keep us engaged with Him; it takes our attention from ourselves and gives the Spirit room in our hearts.” (pg. 46)
Where Life Pivots
The source that incorporates this entire book lies in the Introduction. “Thanksgiving is neither trivial nor inconsequential. On this one quality pivots the difference between maturity and immaturity.” From this source, as the spokes of a bicycle, twelve chapters all point to the absolution of God’s grace and sovereignty in every aspect of our lives. Therefore, whether good or bad, whatever conditions we find ourselves, we must learn to be thankful. “Practicing thankfulness for what’s really happening around us, frees us from bondage to the slavery of continuously inventing “needs” that we trick ourselves into thinking we must have, picturing some version of life that we think we need but which falls short of the good plans God has for us through adversity.” (pg. 49)
This ebook is only 129 pages. I could not put it down. Practicing Thankfulness encourages, and yet simultaneously makes the conscious believer question if they are wholly and holy depending on God in every aspect of their lives. Are you thankful or thankless?
Crabtree further illustrates how our thinking, in some areas, is erroneous and gives the remedies. “If expressing thankfulness serves to enlarge and complete the pleasure of enjoing God’s sovereign grace and care for us, then ingratitude cheats the thankless. They rob themselves of soul-enlargement. The taste buds of a thankless heart aren’t doing what they’re designed to do—taste! The eyes of the thankless heart are blind to what it should be seeing: “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8) (pg.71)
This is a book for every branch of ministry and for anyone who is striving to be thankful to God with understanding. A God who is not lording over us with a whip, but overshadows us with His love, grace and constant guidance, even when we can’t see or feel it. There’s no circumstance in which God’s enablement for you will run short…There’s never a day his grace runs out.” (pg. 59) On this premise alone we should be thankful.
If you’ve ever struggled with thankfulness and its’ reasoning, please get this book. You will find, out of those twelve chapters, one tailor made just for you! No believer’s arsenal should be without it.
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