In just a couple of weeks, we will celebrate a holiday of thanksgiving on Thursday. We will put forth extraordinary effort in planning & preparing for family, food and football time!
Then at the end of that celebration Thursday, we will store the leftovers, put away the fall type decorations and jump right into planning and preparing for Christmas.
Might I ask you to consider that we are “all wrong” if we celebrate Thanksgiving in the typical tone of years past? Don’t let me confuse you….I love the family and food time as much as anyone; however, Thanksgiving should be a weekly, daily, and often times even an hourly celebration….all year long; year upon year!
The Bible is very clear regarding us, as believers, having a thankful heart…always!
We might consider it very difficult to do, but the Bible tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances” 1 Thess. 5:18 The Apostle Paul encourages us to “give thanks before we submit our requests”. Phil. 4:6
Paul continues to encourage us to “give thanks unto God for whatever we do in word or deed”. Col. 3:17 The Psalmist wrote, “Give thinks unto the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endureth forever! Psalm 107:1
Have your ever wondered just how thankful we as Christians should be? As I pondered this very thought just a few days ago (one of my good days, not one of the better ones), it dawned on me that I was asking for relief from some discomfort in my left foot, when I should have been giving thanks for not suffering the same discomfort in the right foot!
When we offer our supplications to the Lord, asking for His direct intervention in our lives, do we stop and give thanks to Him for the daily provisions He grants us….or do we take these provisions for granted?
When we ask God to strengthen our vision in our weak eye, do we thank Him for the good vision in our right eye? When we smash a thumb with a hammer, do we give thanks that we haven’t smashed the other thumb…yet?
Thanksgiving should not be celebrated just one day out of the year. True thanksgiving should be a daily, active event in Christian’s lives that is endless!
May God bless each of you as you give Him thanks in all circumstances, everyday, all day long.