Sunday, November 20, 2016
Prepare to Give Thanks
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
As we prepare for the upcoming feast of Thanks, it is time to reflect on all that we are thankful for. The Bible teaches us that we need to give thanks in all circumstances. Giving thanks should not be a yearly occasion when we go around the table sharing what we are thankful for. While that is a great family tradition, we personally should be praising God with our thanks every day throughout the day. Everything we have, every favor, every blessing, every friend, every child, every opportunity, every challenge, every lesson we have God to thank. Even in bad times, rough patches, times of sickness, times of mourning, times where we doubt God, we should still be thanking Him. It is during these trials where we are tested and given the strength and courage we need to move forward. For every hardship we go through, there is something to be learned. There is something to be grateful for. Sometimes you may have to look a little deeper, but it’s there just waiting for you to discover the silver lining.
This year, as you are preparing to welcome your loved ones into your home to share a meal, think about what they mean to you. Each of one of them in their own special way brings a memory, a smile, a precious moment in time, or maybe even a confrontation that left an impression on your heart. God is not the only one we should be thanking. So give it some thought and be grateful for their presence on this day, let them know what they mean to you. Let them know how they impacted your life. It’s not just about thanking God, but thanking those that matter in your life too. You never know what tomorrow brings, so take advantage of today and let those you love in on the secret! Nothing would give God more pleasure and enjoyment than us giving thanks to Him and our loved ones!