Thanksgiving: More Than a Day
Throughout November I’ve been blessed with seeing a number of people post reasons they are thankful. I, too, have done this, and found it enjoyable but also challenging. Through the exercise, I’ve learned a few things.
Thanksgiving acknowledges reliance of God.
He is the giver of the big and small blessings in each day. Family, food, home, and modern conveniences have been on my list. Increased awareness leads to a prayer of thanks for them. Be reminded of the simple blessings around you—the smile of a child, the beauty of the autumn trees, the smell of fresh-baked apple pie, the warmth of family and friends.
A thankful spirit redirects your mindset.
It’s harder to see blessings when life is tough or you receive bad news. Being thankful doesn’t make light of those situations or ignore them. Scripture says to “give thanks in all circumstances.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) It does not say to give thanks for all things, but in the midst of all things. Earlier this year I had another tongue biopsy; I was thankful God was with me in the midst of it. I was thankful for the doctor who thought it needed to be done before it could get worse. In the end it wasn’t cancerous, but was another episode of trusting God with thankfulness in a tough situation.
Thanksgiving eliminates complaining.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were less complaining around us? Complaining robs you of motivation to go forward. It steals your joy. Challenge yourself to choose gratitude instead of grumbling. Instead of making a complaint list, make a ‘thankful list.’
Thanksgiving is more than a day. Choosing an attitude of gratitude is the discipline of Thanks-living.
Whatever you do, give thanks. Sure it’s hard at times, but the benefits are worth it.
Psalm 95:2 “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”
Psalm 126:3 “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”
Psalm 100:3-5 “Know that the Lord is God; It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
May a blessed Thanksgiving and may you be blessed with Thanks-living.