Wednesday, November 26, 2014

True Thanksgiving

I love the Thanksgiving season. I feel like people are much more grateful about big and little things in their lives. It truly is a time of thanks and I am glad that we take time to celebrate it each year. 
Some people may feel like they do not have a lot to be thankful for, and some may feel that they have much. I fall into the much category. I have so many things, big and small, that I am thankful for. All of the "typical" things, like my family, friends, church, home, food on the table, etc. Who isn't thankful for those things?! Everyone I know is, of course. But this year I am thinking about what it really means to be thankful. And I know it starts with God. 
Do you know Christ? Not just in the "oh yeah, I know He died for my sins. I know He was a perfect man." way. But in the intimate way. The way where you can feel His presence in your life and you can talk to Him about anything and everything? The way where you crave more of Him. More of His word, His goodness, His faithfulness? If you don't, send me an email! I want you to know Him in that way and would love to share with you about how I came to that place in my life. 
With all that being said, if you are a true believe in Christ, it is important to remember that God calls us to give thanks in every circumstance. Not just when things are going right. Not just when we have all that we need. He wants us to give thanks when we are in sticky situations. When we don't have enough money to put food on the table. When we are dealing with crises. Can you honestly say that you regularly give thanks for those things? I know I don't! Thankfulness is not typically something I am experiencing in the middle of life's trials. Or even in the day to day annoyances. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." Give thanks in all circumstances. I want to be able to regularly be saying "Hey, thanks!" to God for stuff I wouldn't normally be giving thanks for. Every trial I've ever experienced has brought me closer to Him. It has increased my fruits of the spirit and in the end, I walk away from it a better person and a stronger believer. That's not to say that my relationship with Him hasn't had it's ups and downs during those times, but the end result is always me walking away better than before. I want to recognize that during the trial. I want to have a true heart of thankfulness. 
Are you willing to praise God for what He is doing in your life? Not just for all of the wonderful blessings that He has bestowed upon you, like cars and computers and cute kids and clothes on your back. But to praise Him for the bad day you had. And the car that wouldn't start. And the kids who threw tantrums all day. He is worthy, friends. 
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, celebrating all of the many blessings in your lives, but more specifically, remember Who we have to thank for Life. 
"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!" 
Psalm 150:6
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1 comment:

  1. So true! It's hard to be able to give thanks during life's storms but it is important..helps us grow in Him and mature as Christians!


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