by David Cawston

The Atmosphere of Thanksgiving
David Cawston
(Outline predominantly bible verses, contains Ps 105:1-45 and Ps 136:1-26
and two illustrations)

1Thes 5:18
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (KJV)

An Attitude of Thanksgiving is one of Choice!
We create atmospheres!
Bad Atmospheres
Husband and wife after work

Illustration: One of my favorite attitude stories is about Grandpa and Grandma who visited the Grandchildren.
Each afternoon Grandpa would lie down for a nap.
One day as a practical joke, the kids decided to put Limburger cheese on his mustache.
Quite soon after, he awoke sniffing and asking, "Why does this room stink?"
He got up and went into the kitchen. He wasn't there long until he decided the kitchen smelled.
He walked outside for a breath of fresh air and much to his surprise, the open air brought no relief.
He claimed the whole world stinks.
How true that is of life. When we carry Limburger cheese our attitude is that the whole world smells bad.

Attitudes don't just happen!
Are you a thermometer or a thermostat!
Thermometer measures the atmosphere!
Thermostat set the atmosphere!

It is natural!
Psychologist tell us that we have a wonderful ability of idealizing our dreams.
We forget the bad and remember the good.

An attitude of Thanksgivings comes about from remembrance of good things
Paul the Apostle tells us how to think!
Phil 4:8
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-- think about such things. (NIV)

I. An attitude of Thanksgiving creates an atmosphere of Appreciation

Ps 105:1-45
1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!
2 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works!
3 Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rej ...

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