Another thanksgiving is upon us. A day set aside for all americans to stop and reflect on all the blessing we have received. A day to show gratitude. Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
Hopefully thanksgiving for you is about more than turkey, football, pecan pie and long afternoon naps. Hopefully thanksgiving is about taking time to focus on all the positive things in your life and giving credit to a heavenly creator for them all.
Psalm 95:2-3 Let us come before him with thanksgiving. Let us sing him psalms of praise. For the LORD is a great God, the great King above all gods.
What makes the Thanksgiving holiday so unique is that, except for Canada, no one else celebrates it. No other nations take a day to stop all that it is doing and develop an attitude of gratitude. This reflects upon our Christian heritage and is one of the things that sets America apart. As Americans we realize that hard work, devotion, persistence and a ‘don’t quit’ attitude are key essentials for success and prosperity, but we also realize that those traits alone are not enough. There is also an invisible hand of Providence that steers us all on the course of blessing.
“If we find ourselves increasing beyond example in numbers, in strength, in wealth, in knowledge, in everything which promotes human and social happiness, let us ever remember our dependence for all these on the protection and merciful dispensations of Divine Providence.” John Tyler, 10th President of the United States
This is what thanksgiving is all about. Taking time to reflect on what we have accomplished in life and the role that faith in a loving God has had in that success. Thanksgiving helps keep us humble. It strengthens us to look beyond our inner talents and give praise to the Creator God who provides for us and charts our path.
I for one am thankful for so much in life. I’m thankful for my health and well being, for my family, friends and those who care about me. I’m thankful to live in the greatest nation on earth and in the most action packed time in human history. But what I am most thankful for is the personal relationship with Almighty God that I have through faith in Jesus Christ by acceptance of Him as my personal Lord and Savior. This is the greatest blessing of all in which nothing can compare.
1 Chronicles 16:34-Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” Erma Bombeck