A number of years ago, I remember that the weekend of Thanksgiving my dad was preaching on a Sunday night, and he was giving his Thanksgiving message. Something that he said really stood out to me. He asked the congregation “Why is it, that we only focus on giving thanks once a year? Shouldn’t we make a lifestyle out of giving thanks? So this year, instead celebrating Thanksgiving….celebrate Thanks-Living”.
I haven’t forgotten those words because HE WAS RIGHT! We put so much focus on Thanksgiving, and the days leading up to it, but on Friday we go out and buy more stuff! To be fair, most of the time we are buying for others but, I digress. On Facebook people have been listing something new each day that they are thankful for. That’s great…it’s fun to see what people think of, but what happens on Friday? When Thanksgiving is over are you still going to post what you are thankful for? Instead of giving thanks JUST in the first few weeks of November, I want to be able to honestly say that I live a thankful lifestyle. I don’t want to only be thankful for God’s blessings, my family and friends, and the freedoms that I have once a year. I am thankful for those things year round, and live my life that way.
I’m not saying that the Facebook posts, or “what are you thankful for” traditions are wrong, but that out focus might just be a little off. This may sounds somewhat like a New Year’s Resolution post, but think of it as a Thanks-Living Resolution. Try to give thanks each day for what you have. Whether it’s waking up that morning, or the circumstances in your day that surprise you. Give thanks for the people that cross your path, or the one that holds a door open. Give thanks to the Lord for the blessings in your life, and for his grace.
Now, I want to thank YOU, my readers (however few there may be) for putting up with this post. I’m sorry if I sound preachy, but this has been weighing on my heart this year and I wanted to share.
Thank you all, and I wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings, and I hope that you will join me in a spirit of Thanks-Living.