1 Chronicles 16:8, Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Of all the reasons to be thankful here’s one I seldom hear mentioned. When you express your gratitude to God you make known his deeds among the people.
In other words, thanksgiving is a witnessing tool. Your ability to be thankful is directly tied to your calling to witness. Isn’t that what witnessing is really all about? I go into my community and share what Christ has done in my life. As I express my thanks I give a witness and as I give a witness I do it through expressing my thanks.
This all made sense to me one day when I bought Amy a pair of boots.
I was born the third of three sons in a male dominated household. Unfortunately for my beautiful wife Amy, we had four boys. So ours is still a male dominated home. My masculine weighted worldview has severely handicapped my understanding of anything feminine. To be more succinct, “I don’t understand women.” I don’t mean that in the general sense; I mean it literally. To me women are mist and shadows. I have no idea what makes them tick.
Every so often a thin shaft of revelation will penetrate my obtuse perspective and I’ll have a moment of clarity that I can only describe as a feminine epiphany.
One such burst of inspiration happened to me a few years ago. I don’t know exactly how it came to be, but I suddenly realized that women love boots. They actually look forward to the seasons changing so that they can wear their boots. I’ve heard women say this, “I’ll be so glad when cooler weather comes so I can wear my boots.” Men never say that. Women also notice boots on each other, “Love your boots; where did you get them?” Men NEVER say that either.
One day during my boots clarity phase Amy and I were in a mall, and we passed some boots. These were fairly expensive boots. All the women seemed to be getting them. I told Amy to get some.
She of course said no. I insisted, “Get the boots. I’m buying them.”
“No you aren’t. We can’t afford them.”
“Then you will get what I pick out.” And I acted like I was about to make a fashion decision which of course is terrifying for Amy.
She said, “For Christmas.”
I said, “Whatever.”
A few days later we were getting dressed to go somewhere. I said, “Wear your new boots.”
She said, “Those are for Christmas.” “No they aren’t. I bought them for whenever. Wear them.”
Amy started wearing the boots. A few weeks after that she was with some of her girlfriends and they said, “Where did you get those boots? I love them.”
Amy said, “Bill bought them. He wouldn’t take no for an answer. I even tried to make them for Christmas but he insisted I get them and wear them.”
Do you realize what that did? My stock went way up among the women in Amy’s circle. If only for a moment, I had become “Sensitive Bill who understands how to treat a woman!”
Amy’s gratitude was making my name great among her friends.
That’s exactly what happens when we express our gratitude for God’s blessings in our life.
Isaiah said it like this: “And in that day you will say, ‘GIVE THANKS to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted (Isaiah 12:4).
Thanksgiving is one of the principle ways to make the name of God exalted among the people.