What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? Is it the delicious spread of food? The day off from work? Is it spending time with family and friends? Maybe it’s all of the above. This is the one day I do believe everyone gives thanks, but I also believe that thanks should be given daily. We have something in our life every day to be thankful for and I can give you one right now – breathing.
We don’t have to wait until the fourth Thursday of November each year to count our blessings and recite our thankfulness at the dinner table, we can let God know every day that we are thankful. Don’t take anything for granted, but be humble and appreciate what the Lord has done and is doing. Even as you ponder on the difficult times – look, you are still standing and it hasn’t taken you out. When things are not looking good still show thankfulness and gratitude. Celebrate thanksgiving continuously and in ALL things give thanks, because God is due this as it reads in Psalm 100:4, Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Therefore, whatever you may be experiencing thank God for being in it with you. Thank God for giving you strength to endure. Thank God for every assignment with your name on it. Hallelujah!!
We can’t forget to be thankful for relationships either. Being thankful for our relationship with our Heavenly Father, thank you Lord. Thankful for the ability to love unconditionally and to forgive sincerely. Thankful for time spent with love ones. Thankful for having someone who listens, laughs, and cries with you. Thankful for those who have made a difference in your life, whether it was positive or a lesson learned the hard way from others actions, and even in that it goes back to God helping you through it, thank him.
Thankful for humanity, for those who have given their time and resources to not only me and you, but to others too. Paul talks about using our gifts and giving generously to help others and in turn they will praise God, they will be blessed and so will you. This is what it says in 2 Cor 9:7-11, Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness. Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
Now think on the simple things like the weather, we love the warm and sunny days, but when it rains, snows and sleets, we get a little sad and bent out of shape because it is lasting too long. But having those days were the weather doesn’t quite meet our standards, helps us appreciate and give thanks for the warmer days that we do love so much. Also, let’s not forget the insects to the wildlife, we may not know what purpose every living creature holds, but God created them, read Genesis 1:20-25 and he said it was good, so give thanks for them too. Give thanks to God for he created us in his image, Genesis 1:27. Thank God for peace and joy! As you can see there are many things to be thankful for, if you would only take the time to relax and think about it for a few minutes.
So, for the day after Thanksgiving when you are eating leftovers remember this is also “another” day that the Lord has made let’s rejoice and be glad in it and give thanks. The Thanksgiving holiday is one day, but being thankful in everything, in actuality should be happening every day. 1 Thes. 5:8 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.