BEFORE MORE… SAY THANK YOU FIRST!
Danielle had been with mum in the kitchen- clearing dishes alongside. It was a sweet adventure for her. Mum was also making Moin-Moin (a delicious delicacy made from blended beans that taste amazing when cooked in special leaves) and she was helping with the process.
At a point, Mum had to relieve Danielle of some of the technical parts of the process that was difficult to handle. Danielle got upset and an argument began. I stepped in. I spoke with her and asked, “You wanted to do some more right?” She answered in the affirmative. But then I asked, “Have you thanked Mum for the ones she allowed you to do?” She said “No”. I told her, “The way to get more done is to give thanks for that which is already done”. She got the memo. She began to smile. She hugged her mum and apologised.
We all need to know this truth- The way to get more done is to give thanks for that which is already done. Gratitude is the password to more in this kingdom.
After that successful outing (in business or ministry), do you return to God with thanksgiving or do you “pepper them” all over social media with pictures and updates? We spend more time in preparation than we do in gratitude. We pray and fast for days for a meeting but do we give thanks for days afterwards?
The Prophet Jeremiah brought us insight into this matter. He said to us in a prophecy:
And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
Jeremiah 30:19 KJV
Thanksgiving amplifies what is available. Once thanksgiving flows, multiplication happens and glory is seen.
If you do not give thanks for five loaves of bread and two fishes, you will never be able to use what does not look like it to feed a crowd of five thousand.
Do all things without grumbling or arguing. Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God. In all things, give thanks. Let thanksgiving fill your heart.
After the Red Sea was crossed, Miriam led the other women in praises. They left Egypt in a hurry but they did not forget to hold a tambourine. No matter what, never leave thanksgiving behind.
What have you been complaining about?
Have you given thanks for what has happened so far? Even when hungry, we can give thanks that we can be hungry, it is proof that we are alive! God will never abandon you. He will surely show up for your sake.
Give Thanks. Make your request. You will see what will happen.