Ready for Thanksgiving? Get ready, get set, hey, wait a second. It’s May! I’m going to make a bet with you. You’ve already thought about Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving in November, anyway. And you’ve thought about this. Where you will spend it. Who will be there. What you will feel like without your loved one who passed away since last Thanksgiving. You have even thought about whether your daughter’s new boyfriend will attend. You may have even started thinking about all this just after last Thanksgiving, or maybe even DURING last Thanksgiving. Am I right?
Let me ask you a question, if you don’t mind. How much time have you spent thinking about what you were thankful for last Thanksgiving? Do you remember what you were grateful for on Thanksgiving day? Me neither. But I remember where I was, what I did, and how I felt. I just don’t remember my thanksgiving. I remember the holiday.
Sad to say, I – along with so many others, I can imagine – so often limit my thanksgiving to the “appropriate times”. When? Thanksgiving Day. When a pastor calls for praise reports in a church service. Quickly at the end of the day when I am saying my time-for-bed prayers, when I remember. After something AWESOME happens, especially when I am sharing the “praise report” with a friend – or even a stranger.
I definitely thank God, I can assure you. But if the truth be known, I spend a lot more time ASKING God for stuff than THANKING Him. I would like to make a promise right now, and even a commitment, to be more THANKFUL more of the time. But I do not want to make a promise I might not keep. Instead, I just want to remind myself – and to remind you – that Thanksgiving really isn’t about turkeys and families and holidays even if we should be grateful for all this.
Thanksgiving, when it comes right down to it, is about God. And it’s about thanking Him, and about life that gives thanks to Him.
Thanksgiving in May anyone?
Col_3:17 “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
God, how often I neglect to thank you. How often I neglect to have a grateful heart. How often I neglect to give you praise in the presence of others. How often I fall short of your glory. But your mercy and love never come to an end, and I ask you now to please forgive me for this. I pray, Lord, that even when I don’t speak the words that you would see in my heart and my actions the love I have for you.
I pray that in my passion for you, in my dedication and commitment to loving and serving you, that you might receive from me the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Lord, your Bible speaks of thanksgiving as a sacrifice.
How sad it is that we would see thanking you as a sacrifice. Lord, I love you with every ounce of my heart. Please, Father, help me to love and serve, and to thank you, the way you desire. If I look back at my life, even merely at this one single day, there is more to thank you for than I could possibly express.
Help me to live the life you have called me to live, and to live it with thanksgiving. In the name of Jesus, Amen. P.S. Lord, I want you to know – and I know you do – the greatest gift you have ever given me is YOU & your precious Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus! I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!