Psalm 107:1 (NKJV)
The things we do on a regular basis can become a pattern and a way of life. Things we do often enough can become a habit, which can be good or bad. There are some things we can do so frequently that they almost become an automatic thing, something we can do without giving it much thought ahead of time and without an excessive amount of effort. Our patterns in life, our habits, and the things that become almost automatic in our life could also be called our lifestyle. On the other hand, we would not say something we rarely do or only do infrequently are a part of our lifestyle.
We can all develop and maintain good habits that will benefit us and that can become a regular part of our life, being thankful is one of these things. Having a lifestyle of thanksgiving will help us live a successful Christian life and enable us to be a greater blessing to those around us. Unfortunately, a lifestyle of thanksgiving is not the standard for most Christians. We need to be thankful no matter what circumstances we are in, no matter how we feel, and no matter what things look like. While we cannot control all of the things that happen around us or how others act, we can control whether or not we will be thankful.
We need to be thankful for what we have instead of being unhappy about what we don't have. We need to find things to be thankful for, and we could even make a list of these things to refer to when we don't feel so thankful; reminding ourselves about what we have to be thankful for can be a big help. Having a lifestyle of thanksgiving helps us to keep focused on God. We do not give thanks just to get something back from God, but we give thanks as a part of our lifestyle and our relationship with God. Start being thankful today and make thanksgiving a part of your lifestyle!