It’s hard to believe this is the Monday before Thanksgiving. The year seems to have flown out the window somehow and left me behind in its dust.
I haven’t done a Thankful Journal this year. Truth be told, I haven’t done one in several years.
As I reflect overall I have to be thankful for, I realize I am really good at saying (or printing it) but not so good at really believing it. Somehow I feel we all fall into this trap.
In this free country of ours, it is easy to lose sight of all we genuinely have to be thankful for.
I have noticed people, myself included, tend to add qualifiers to their thankfulness.
Not really surprising when one thinks of how the last few generations have been raised. Or more accurately, what the last few generations have absorbed when the message that everything is all about us has bombarded them through the media, school, government . . . you name it.
“You deserve a break today!” goes a popular jingle. “What about ME?” one song says. “You deserve brighter eyes!” “You deserve affordable housing!” “You deserve a better job, or car, or whatever!”
Everywhere you look, everywhere you go there is a sign with the message, “You deserve . . . : And we all fall prey to this insidious message.
Nothing seems to be enough. The government even declares that people can be impoverished AND still have a car, air conditioning and TV. How do you think the poor homeless veteran living on the street feels about this, or the poor child that has no food, a cold house, no shoes and no hope for a change? Do they “deserve” what they have just like we “deserve” what we have?
In truth, no one deserves anything (except eternal death and damnation). We’re all only here by God’s good mercy and grace.
I really didn’t mean to have a sermon, but this is what I have been led to say.
God loves each and every one of us.
Luke 12:7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
He doesn’t desire that one of us be hungry or cold or any of the other realities of this fallen, sin-filled world.
Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
He’s provided a way for us to come to Him.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
It’s simple to come to Him. Just pray and ask Him into your heart. Then find a good church to help in your new life and to continue with following His commandments and fellowshipping with other believers.
I leave you with these verses on thanks and thanksgiving; there are hundreds of examples of verses citing thanks and thanksgiving.
1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Ephesians 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.