Thanksgiving is every day
Last week it was Thanksgiving Day in the USA, with families coming together to celebrate over turkey and cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and American football. Thanksgiving is not a holiday here in Australia, but I think the concept is one we should embrace on a daily basis.
Though it is now a secular event, the foundation of Thanksgiving Day is actually biblical and dates back to the English Reformation. Originally it began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. These days most of us don't live on a farm and so we're not relying on our crops to feed and sustain us.
But that doesn't mean we shouldn't embrace the concept of thanksgiving. All of us, whether we have a lot or a little, have many things for which we should be thankful: family, friends, employment, freedom, medical care, and even fresh air are just a few that come to mind. It is easy to find things to complain about, but I wonder if you are using the same amount of energy to find things to be thankful for?
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIRV tells us to“Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.” No matter what happens!! That's a challenge for many people because we allow our circumstances to dictate our level of thankfulness, but we shouldn't. If we have nothing but Jesus, then we have all that we need, and for that we can be thankful.
So let me encourage you to start each day with a heart full of thanksgiving. Look for the things in your life for which you can give thanks. Even when walking through the darkest valley, we can be thankful that the Lord is there with us. Let's choose to make each day our thanksgiving day...minus the turkey and cranberry sauce of course.