Thankfulness: The Key to Financial Freedom
A thankful heart sets the stage for financial success.
If you want real financial freedom, one thing will help you get there faster than any other: Thankfulness
Financial slavery starts in your heart, not your bank account. And the key to breaking free from that slavery is changing the attitude of your heart. So If you learn to have a heart of thankfulness, nothing can make a slave of you ever again.
Thankfulness helps us affirm some really key truths about money. Everything in the world belongs to God, and He has entrusted some of those resources to us. We don’t have a fundamental right to expect things from this universe; rather God gives us things to bless us. He is a good father who delights in giving good gifts to His children.
Thankfulness focuses our financial management on God’s heart for our money.
When we accept that God really does own it all, and that everything we have is a gift from Him, we can’t help but to be thankful for all of the blessings in our lives (financial and otherwise). When we make a habit of giving thanks to Him, we keep our hearts in right alignment with His. Thankfulness focuses our financial management on His priorities for our money.
Escape Slavery with Thankfulness
Thankfulness is also a great remedy for many of attitudes that can bind us up in slavery. A thankful heart isn’t stingy, greedy or envious. Thankfulness is the antidote to discontentment and frees us from false identity, false motivations and a false poverty mentality.
A thankful heart also enables a wise mind. If you’re thankful for the resources that you have, you’re much more likely to handle them well. You work hard to account for every dollar, making sure not to spend His money on wasteful or unwise things.
Thankfulness will also guide you in giving. Because if you’re are grateful for the way that God has freely given you, you will freely give back to Him and to others. So a healthy attitude toward tithing comes from thankfulness. And a thankful heart is a generous heart.
Growing a thankful heart will set you free from financial slavery. It puts you in a position to be richly blessed and to bless those around you. There is no financial problem that doesn’t find its solution in a thankful heart.
Thanksgiving Every Day
How do you grow a thankful heart? Start by making every day a thanksgiving day. It doesn’t take a turkey, just some intentionality in your time with God.
There is no financial problem that doesn’t find its solution in a thankful heart.
Each time you pray, begin with something you’re thankful for. On difficult days, that might mean something very basic. Thank God first for hot water, or your microwave, or some other small convenience in life.
Above all, approach every prayer time as an opportunity to thank God for something new. Don’t rush through this portion of your prayer. Linger on it. The more you thank God, the more He’ll give you to be thankful for.
Develop a habit of thanksgiving in prayer, and you’ll also see thankfulness grow in every part of life. And that might be the first step in reaching the freedom that God has waiting for you.