I Thank, Therefore I Am

For some, the word eucharist can be off-putting. It suggests ritual, sacraments, and liturgy. It can seem like the very opposite of a personal relationship with God.

I Thank, Therefore I Am

But eucharist is word that all of us can embrace. It comes from the Greek, eucharisteó, which means “to give thanks.” This behavior should not only be central to the life of every Christian, but it’s also what distinguishes humans from all other created beings.

Creation owes its existence to God. “In Him we live and move and have our being,” as the Scripture says. But only people can offer thanks to God for life and every other blessing.

Other animals can walk upright. Some even seem to have the capacity for language. But, so far as we know, humans alone have the capacity to realize that we enter the world with nothing and leave with nothing. Everything in between is a gift—and worthy of offering thanks to the One who provides all things.

This is one of the many reasons I love the Thanksgiving holiday. While I thoroughly enjoy getting together with family and friends, I especially look forward to reflecting on the past year and offering thanks to God for his many, many blessings. It’s our highest privilege as people.

When people ask Dave Ramsey how he is doing, he typically responds, “Better than I deserve.” That expresses my sentiment exactly.

Question: What are you grateful for on this Thanksgiving day? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • http://www.aboutone.com/ogt joanne

    I am thankful for my health (without the flu!), that my family is close and that I have the most wonderful team to work with everyday. I am far from perfect but I am very very blessed. Here you can read the thoughts of someone on my team and why they are thank ful…..http://www.aboutone.com/thankful-for-strangers-pregnancy-deployment/

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  • patriciazell

    Michael, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family! God’s absolute love for each and every one of us will win the day…

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Patricia! The same to you and your family.

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    Great job on explaining eucharist! All of your points were right on! Unfortunately, people often only give thanks to God during “Thanksgiving”…they should, however, be giving thanks to God yr round! God has blessed me in so many ways that I can not thank Him enough! I actually did a blog on this a few days ago-http://bigb94.webs.com/apps/blog/show/5410712-giving-thanks-to-god-

    Great job, Michael! Keep the great blogs coming! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • http://www.gospelofkingdom.com Gregory Scott

    Having been been in churches on both ends of the spectrum, I appreciate this reminder on the eucharist. Thanks for this and all your blog posts. I know how much time and discipline it takes to blog consistently. You are having a tremendous positive influence through this blog. Have a great Thanksgiving!

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Gregory. I appreciate your encouragement.

  • Mike

    Your opening drew me in… My catholic mom has been saying the same thing for years. Your ending made me smile as I have been copying DR’s saying for a while. Thanks, Mike. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • http://www.validleadership.com James Castellano

    Thankful for many things. Few if any would be possible without the Lord’s grace and Mercy. The three things I am most thankful for:
    1. The ability to worship as I choose.
    2. My family’s health and well-being
    3. Living in the USA

  • sjbarkley

    1.God’s unfathomable grace which is so undeserved, yet offered freely
    2.A wonderful wife of 33 years
    3.Six great sons and their families
    4.People who have inspired me to have a more purposeful life (some of which, like yourself, I don’t even know personally)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • stephencarter

      That’s excellent, wow 6 sons, your gratitude for a life well-lived is inspiring. I think I’ll make the 15th of every month my personal Thanksgiving to God for the tsunami of good fortune in my life. Good stuff happens … every minute of every day.

  • http://www.therextras.com BarbaraBoucher PTPhD

    Thank you, Michael. This post is exceptional. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

  • http://grassycove.blogspot.com/ Cheryl Derrick

    I am thankful for all things. Everything from waking up this morning to the traffic I encounter in rush hour. Since God’s timing is perfect and everything has purpose, all things still doesn’t express how thankful I am.

  • http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com Lena Nelson Dooley

    I noticed you have a widget for Gateway Worship’s new album. I’m thankful to be a part of Gateway Church where God has gathered so many people who write praise music that expresses what my heart feels.

  • http://www.balancedandunafraid.blogspot.com Vasca Beall

    I am thankful for people like you who encourage people like me so I can continue encouraging others.

    I am thankful that even though an extremely rare, uncurable disease has come into our lives…My Michael and I are blest by God w/M’s wonderful health and our 58 years together.

    I am thankful for our family…four fantastic Godly sons and families…all 20 of us together today for the 1st time in a very long time.

    I continue thanking God for loving me and having me as His Child.;;no matter what.

    Thank You, Father for blessing me so abuntly ~ I am passing it on.

  • http://curtismarshall.tumblr.com Curtis Marshall

    I’m thankful for new directions! Yesterday, God confirmed what my next season in life should be. One door closed, another almost immediately opened. I love it when God does that!

  • http://www.edifier1.wordpress.com Kim Teamer

    I am thankful that God is so patient with me during my spiritual growth process. I am also thankful for my family. I have been blessed beyond words.

    Thank you, Michael.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • http://missionalmamassoul.blogspot.com/ Amy

    So much to be thankful for, here is a glimpse…http://mozosonmission.blogspot.com/2010/11/one-year-living-here-one-manner-of.html

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • http://gailbhyatt.wordpress.com/ Gail Hyatt

    I am deeply thankful to God for … YOU.

  • http://2Live4Him.org Karsten

    Great post. As I said in my latest blog, the best way to show gratitude is what we do with what we’ve been given.

  • http://www.pastorbrett.com Brett

    My wonderful wife, my precious four children, my loving parents and extended family, my faithful friends, my caring congregation, my country, our troops defending the cause of freedom, and most of all, amazing grace extended to me through Jesus Christ the Lord.

  • http://www.twitter.com/juanbg Juan

    That’s right I always and constantly give THANKS to GOD. for the gift of life, the gift of my son, my wife, my parents, with job, just to wake up every day.
    Thank You for your wise-thoughts expressed in your blogs.

  • http://hecalledianswered.com Mary

    Michael: Thank you for that beautiful post! Im grateful to be alive and able to serve our Lord in the capacity that He gave to me. Im blessed to serve others who dont know Christ and hopefully i’ll have opportunity to share with them about who Jesus is and what he has done for them. Happy Thanksgiving

  • Robert Wright

    I am so thankful for my beautiful wife and kids… and the baby girl we are expecting in April! God has truly blessed me richly this past year and I can’t express enough how grateful, yet undeserving, I feel.

    Thank you Michael for this post and your blog. As a Christian and a leader who is always desiring to learn and grow, I have found many pearls of wisdom in your blog. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience with the world through this media.

    Happy Thanksgiving! May God bless you and your family richly.
    rmw

  • http://kknco@hotmail.com Kathleen T. Jaeger

    I am thankful for a nap this afternoon, great relatives, a cozy home to nestle in while it rains outside, yummy & overabundant food, an upcoming coffee meeting for my husband, an uplifting conversation with a friend that I haven’t seen in a long time, the providence of God, prayers of my children, for a God who answers prayer through Jesus Christ, my children’s silliness and much, much more…

  • http://www.hearthope.org Olga Griffin

    I agree with the Dave Ramsey quote–I have been blessed beyond measure. My blog has almost 100 things I am thankful for: http://hearthopebyolga.blogspot.com/2010/11/happy-thanksgiving.html

  • Kingsly

    Very True! Happy Thanksgiving…i am thankful to see as well cos this blog is a positive influence. Thanks

  • http://www.yuzzi.com Rick Yuzzi

    Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes with all Thanksgiving craziness of driving from one family to another I forget to reflect on what I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for my beautiful wife and precious kids, our wonderful families that are close by that we can share the holidays with, and the many other ways that God has blessed me.

  • http://wayoutwise.blogspot.com Jeff Jones

    This Thanksgiving has been a hard one. I have suffered some hard, hard losses this year and I find it hard to be very upbeat this year but I still give thanks. I give thanks because through my pain I have learned to be authentic and when people ask me how I’m doing I give them truth instead of a “great” that I used to offer up. I give thanks because I have friends who let me share honesty with them whether it is a moment of happiness or a moment of pain. I give thanks for suffering because it has reminded me, through the intense hurt, that I need God in my life each moment of each day.
    Am I doing better than I deserve? Yes, simply because Christ gave his life for me.

  • http://www.vickisprayerstuff.com Vicki

    Beautiful post.

  • http://thatguykc.wordpress.com ThatGuyKC

    I am thankful for my family and the opportunity to be challenged to take risks and live adventurously.

  • http://christopherscottblog.typepad.com/blog/ Christopher Scott

    I am thankful:
    #1 – For Jesus Christ who died for my sins
    #2 – For my girlfriend who I am grateful to have in my life
    #3 – For food to eat
    #4 – For a warm place to sleep everyday
    #5 – For a good job and a good boss to work for

  • Dwright

    I am thankful for my family and salvation. I am also reminded of the lyrics in a song entitled “You Are Holy” which says “what a priviledge and an honor to worship at your throne to be called into your presence as your own.” I am so thankful for knowing my purpose and stepping into it with faith that God is in control!

  • http://www.justapinch.com Recipe Club

    Wow, wonderful post, Michael. I’m going to steal that “better than I deserve” line… that’s great. Perfect post for this time of year.

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  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    It’s not Thanksgiving Day in the sense of the holiday while I read this, but it is definitely a day I am giving thanks for after reading this post. Love the reminder: “As the Apostle Paul noted, “In Him we live and move and have our being”
    (Acts 17:28).

    Solid post! Thanks, MH.
    Blessings

  • Kmasanga

    I have learned something new.  that am the only animal species who can give thanks to God as to who am.  Failure to do so is failing in my devine responsibilities of giving thanks all the time;

  • http://wastelandwarrior.wordpress.com/ Heath Capps

    Better than I deserve…my new mantra. Amen.

  • MichelleLee

     Although it is past Thanksgiving and I have just stumbled upon this post by LinkedIn suggested post; I really enjoyed reading it and the insight into your character.  If asked I would say I am thankful for every experience, difficulty, hardship, and pain in my life because it has equipped me to help others (Dr. Charles Stanley).  Like Mr. Ramsey I too have a few sayings that keep me sane when in the midst of anything good or bad.  Most general I will say I am blessed even on my worst day. OR- “All is Well” say it is so; even if it ain’t.  Have a great day and remember, Always BE the Exception To The Rules, E. Michelle Lee

  • Mark Lilly

    My dad had a close call last year but made it through surgery. I’m thankful that I got another chance to say some things to him and feel like our relationship is on “bonus time” now. Thanks for the post, Michael. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • griffinjt

    Michael,

    This is such a good reminder to reflect on the things that matter and who truly brings us blessing.

    This year has seen an explosion to my business (and you even use one of my products on your site!). It has grown from a small one man show in my college apartment to a multi-million dollar business that provides a living for many people.

    All of the credit for the growth belongs to Jesus. He gave me the skills, he was gracious in bringing that first client, and He continues to be gracious and merciful in sending more customers my way. I am blessed beyond measure and have so much to be thankful for. Thanks for reminding of me of the things that truly matter – Jesus and his fame and glory!

  • Eric Jnah

    I am Thankful for
    God
    Wife
    Kids
    Family
    Health
    Freedom
    Service
    Friends
    Neighbors
    Church
    Home

  • kathleen kelly

    i am thankful for my Husband Pat my children Daniel & Sarah their Partners Jen & Conor & my grandchildren Sophia & Daniel. For my Mum that she is still with us and in good health for my husbands & mine extended family.For my job and my work mates for my home and my quality of life which is great. I am grateful to have God in my life and ask for his guidance at all times and his protection & care for all my family. We have been through some bad times but the worst is behind us now and i look forward to my wonderful life with wonderful people working in a wonderful way for wonderful rewards. Thank you for letting me say this xx

  • Miriam H. Ezell

    I, too, am thankful for my health!

  • Jevonnah Ellison

    I’m grateful for God’s unconditional love and forgiveness.

  • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

    Very well put, Michael. Taking communion causes me to reflect on Christ’s act of sacrifice and to remember it. I appreciate the extra reminder that “giving thanks” is a natural part of that experience.

    May your family enjoy a joyful Thanksgiving. We truly are better than we deserve, aren’t we?

  • http://missionallendale.wordpress.com/ Joey Espinosa

    Above all, I’m thankful for the grace of God through Jesus Christ His Son. He pursued me and still does pursue me, even when I am flippant about Him.

    I’m also thankful for my wonderful family (married almost 15 years, 3 special kids), and for God’s adventure for our family.

  • Suzanne De Cornelia

    I’m extremely blessed in and grateful for feeling a strong connection to spirit, for my health, for the beautiful nature where I live, for what I do, and above all for my son. He completed graduate school in Paris and became a citizen living in Europe. He’s kind and generous in his thoughts of others, and quietly masters what is before him. From the day he was born when I was 17, he’s been my greatest treasure. I’ve always been extremely grateful to God for my son.

  • Anne Lahr

    Yes! God has been good to me and my family too! I would just add candy cane kisses to the list:) I am reading your Platform book and blog now. Great info. Thank You Happy turkey day!

  • Maria Karamitsos

    So much to be grateful for! I’m thankful for family and friends, and that my parents, who now live in a nursing home, will be joining us for thanksgiving dinner. I’m grateful that my brother-in-law’s quadruple bypass was successful, and now he’s on the road to recovery. I’m thankful for the opportunity I’ve been experiencing this fall to evolve into a better me – mind, body, spirit. Thank you for all your wonderful, uplifting posts. Ευχαριστώ! – Efharisto (phonetically) – Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • http://www.cafe-elect.com Jeremy Whittle

    Thanks from the UK Michael! As a Brit, I just celebrated my first US Thanksgiving with an American couple who I attend church with. We had Turkey, pumpkin pie et al!! Great day…..

  • http://www.thadthoughts.com/ Thad Puckett

    Grateful for family, friends and the work God has given me to do!

  • Ann Njeri Davis

    I am Thankful for my health, My families health even though some are Kenya and haven’t seen them for a while , Gods abundant blessings and Love .

  • Donna Triolo

    Jesus Christ, His love, sacrifice and amazing relationship with me and my family I am most thankful for.

  • Fran Sorin

    I am grateful for my beautifully perfect new grandson, Jackson, who is 9 days old. He is a miracle and am also grateful that his Mom came through the delivery in good health. I’m blessed with so much—a loving family, friends, health, joy, and am surrounded with kindness and generosity. I feel that my profound connection with nature and the earth has been a huge gift and that the pure rapture of being alive continues to inspire me.

    Have a beautiful Thanksgiving Michael- and thanks so much for your generosity of spirit. I rarely respond to comments on anyone’s blog but when I read your post today, I was inspired to do so.

  • http://AnnLeeMiller.com Ann Fetterman Miller

    I’m so incredibly grateful to God that I get to do the thing–all day, everyday–that makes my heart sing. I get to write!

  • http://www.chiefexperts.com Dan Baumann

    I’m thankful for the ability I’ve been given to learn. The ability to learn from the experiences of others as well as my own. Things like love, life, relationships, people, business and many other things that matter to me. I thankful I’m able to take what I’ve learned to help others. Because truly it’s much more rewarding to give than it is to receive. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

  • Phillip Cohen

    Michael,
    I’m a first generation Christian father of nine and the CEO of a faith-based company I started 32 years ago, after a life of violence, drugs and homelessness.
    In our company, I declared Gratitude Week. Set aside your
    worry, lift your eyes, look around, and enjoy the beautiful people and things
    in your life.
    I’m also thankful Jesus became poor so I could become rich.

  • Michael L DeVries

    Michael, this morning we gathered as a family with our extended church family to give thanks. Last night I spent the evening watching World War II documentaries. Thinking of the people who have fought for it and for a God that provides it, I’m thankful for Peace. May peace surround you and your family this day and throughout the Holiday Season.

  • http://www.healthbusinesscommunications.com Peggy Salvatore

    Family, friends, and work that I love. Health, home, food, and this “tribe” that has made a difference in my life. Thank you, Michael, and everyone on here for being part of this wonderful online community. God bless us all! We discussed the Eucharist with my 5th grade Bible class last week and ended with this explanation about thankfulness, and I was so happy to see it here.

  • http://marcusbrent.com/ Marcus Brent

    Great post! Christians should have a posture of thankfulness everyday. I wrote about the reason why on my blog: marcusbrent.com/the-one-thing-you-should-be-thankful-for/

  • Arjunpr Meghanadh

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  • http://ruchigaur.blogspot.in/ Ruchi Gaur

    The opening line was awesome and very much goes with my thoughts. I strongly believe there is God in each and everyone of us. Lets thank each other for the God in us to guide us always and keep us happy. I would like to thank my family for focussing on what Love can bring in….I am immensely thankful to all who have been a part of my life as I somehow feel to be blessed with more than the happiness I deserve. Thank you!!!

  • Rev. Jerry Long

    Michael, I am indeed grateful for your posts each day. They are a blessing to my life and my leadership as a pastor. Thank you!

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    I don’t know anything but the image and content of this article is very unique and awesome. Image is awesome and content is outstanding. Respected Michael Hyatt, I want to say a
    wonderful thanks from heart. Very awesome article dear Michael Hyatt.

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  • Dennis Brouwer

    Michael, Thanks for this insight. We used it before a shared dinner with members of four families and it set the tone perfectly.

  • http://www.successfulliving.me/ Frank Eriksen

    We’ve all heard the saying “You can’t be too rich or too thin.” Well yes, you can. But you can never be too Thankful! Thanks for the reminder MH.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ the Old Adam

    I am thankful that I can thank God…even when I am ticked off at Him!

  • Josh Cook

    Getting your heart in a place of automatic gratitude is key to happiness in life. The holiday season is a great reminder but thankfulness for even the smallest of blessings is something that we need to exhibit daily!
    http://www.familyfinanceworks.com/an-attitude-of-gratitude/

  • http://bryanstoudt.com Bryan Stoudt

    I’m thankful for a great extended family gathering on Thanksgiving, a fantastic time of sharing with some members of our church community group, my family, and, God’s love for me even when I fail (which is often!).

  • Micki

    As I get older (and my kids do too), I am thankful for moments – with my family, with our friends, with those who we love and who love us.

  • http://hakfrazee.com Hank Frazee

    I am thankful for my faith and my family, friends and my work. I am also thankful for you Michael for if i hadn’t been recommended Platform i would have done a website for my new book rather than a blog. I am also thankful for Get Noticed and Jackie Huggins to help me design it and again to you for reintroducing me to Jeff Walker and Product Launch Formula. I am ready to roll with my new book Referral Upgrade- A New Way to Find Your Very Best Clients and thank you for an awesome track to run on and for your example in so many ways. My blog will be alive by January 1, 2015! Thank You!

  • http://community.mile.org/ Mile Madinah

    We should be thankful to our Lord on every next breath we take. millions of people are dying because of hunger and our dinning table is furnished with 4-5 dishes. i think half of our problems will be solved or shed away if we stop comparing our lives from others. thank your life of whatever we have and cut your cloth according to your coat.