Happy Thanksgiving Eve! I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to thanksgiving and all the traditions that (at least in my family) come with it: potatoes and stuffing, family, puzzles, soccer in the chill of the morning. I can’t wait!
During this time of year we all give thanks for the things that are going well in our live, so of course I want to talk about that today. We give thanks for our family, our friends, the new job we got, the food on our table, the day off work… Do you ever feel like your thankfulness is typical?
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I want to challenge you to think of some things that you have never thought of being thankful for. God deserves our praise and thanks for so much more than we give him credit for. So, make a list of weird or previously not thought of things that you are thankful for, in addition to the things you already thank him for daily. For example, here are some of the things I am thanking God for today:
The flood in the time of Noah
That water expands when it freezes
My failures and shortcomings
That I can pray for those who persecute me
That I can read
That I have diabetes
That I drive daily, and yet have not been harmed in an accident
That meteorites burn up in the atmosphere
So challenge unleashed: What are you thankful for today? Please join the conversation on Facebook and leave a few comments with your ideas.
My other comment is this; while you are thinking about what you are thankful for; do not neglect to spend some time dwelling on WHO you are thanking. It is easy to just say “I am thankful for x, y, and z.” but not to anyone, just a general declaration of thanks without recognizing who you should be thanking. We need to recognize that God is in control of everything from a to x, y, and z and give your thanks to Him who deserves it. Also don’t forget to tell the people around you what things they have done, or that they are, for which you are thankful.
I hope you all have a great day tomorrow, with many blessings and much thankfulness.