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Monday, November 22, 2010

Reason to Be Thankful

Just over a week ago, I found myself sitting among some international students while a pastor tried to explain to them the meaning of Thanksgiving.  While I can imagine the imagery of the holiday may be a bit of a head-scratcher for those unfamiliar with it--fall leaves, strange hats, cornucopias, Charlie Brown, and people gorging themselves on turkey and stuffing--the original purpose of the holiday is not so baffling.

We gather once a year to give thanks to God for the abundant blessings He has showered on us every day.  Oftentimes I sense this has been forgotten, even in the middle of a holiday that draws its name from the word "thankful."  Well, are we really?

God has blessed us this year, as He always does.  Yes, even those of you outside the U.S. right now.  If you can read this, consider yourself abundantly blessed, from the miracle of technology to the miracle of your next breath.  If you know the Lord, you have also been abundantly blessed with the priceless gift of His Son.  That is certainly something to be thankful for!

So, maybe not everything in your life is going well--maybe you are sick, or stressed, or poor, or lonely--but that is no reason to be less-than-thankful for what God has done--and is doing--in your life. Yes, even now He is working for your good if you know Him (Romans 8: 28), so hold on to that promise and be thankful that you have Him to hold onto.  Give thanks to your God for what you have, "casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you," (1 Peter 5: 7 KJV).
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 12: 28, 29 NIV)
 We serve a powerful, generous God!  Isn't that something to fill us with joy?

This year, besides Jesus, what else are you thankful for?  I welcome comments, in fact, I urge you to comment to encourage other readers, if you would.

Until next week (one post this week), this is me reminding you to be thankful, and to stay savvy!


Anonymous said...

I'm grateful for the infilling of the Holy Spirit, the calling God has placed on my life, the completion of my bachelor's degree and the fellowship for my master's, my wonderful family, friends new and old, and the fact that the best is yet to come!