Thanksgiving is a time for family, good food and fellowship with friends. As wonderful as those things are, it’s even more than all that.
Thanksgiving is God’s will for us.
We spent several weeks this year trying to understand God’s will for us and how it often doesn’t shape up the way we imagined it would. Do we want God’s will – or our way?
One of the simple ways we learned to practice God’s will is through giving thanks.
God’s Word makes clear:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thessalonians 5:16-18, NKJV, emphasis added).
Maybe you’re not where you want to be. Maybe your circumstances aren’t ideal. Maybe this year, you watched your best-laid plans crumble at your feet.
I encourage you, as gently as possible (and as someone who’s experienced disappointment too), focus more on what you have to be thankful for – and less on what you don’t have.
- Do you have good health? Be thankful.
- Are you able to spend time with family and friends this season? Be thankful.
- Do you have food on your table? Be thankful.
- Are you part of a local church body that loves Jesus? Be thankful.
- Has God given you a job to do? Be thankful.
- Do you have a place to live? Be thankful.
- Do you have a Bible to read? Be thankful.
- Are you able to get an education? Be thankful.
- Did your car start this morning? Be thankful.
- Is your heart still beating? Be thankful.
Thankfulness is a choice; it’s an attitude; it’s a way of life; it’s God’s will for us. That’s why I’m intentionally writing down three things each day to thank God for during this month. It’s not too late to join me in this November challenge.
The bottom line: Choose to be thankful.