I was eating a few slices of packaged turkey when all of a sudden I realized I didn’t much like the taste of it. Moan, moan. Whine, whine. Not so yummy. Now wait a minute!
It most assuredly wasn’t Thanksgiving Day when much of America eats turkey to celebrate the big holiday, but the issue of thanksgiving was exactly what came onto my heart. Specifically how I wasn’t in the least bit practicing it. In my spoiled rotten, complaining spirit, I was absolutely anything but thankful.
With all the people around the world starving to death, with all the people too poor to eat much of anything, with all the people too sick to eat, with all the people dying who have lost their appetite and will likely never hunger for another bite of food, there I was feeling a bit sorry for myself for not having what I considered to be the perfect lunch meat.
Wicked, wicked, wicked, sin, sin, sin. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Repent, repent, repent. I needed to repent. And so do we all when we are whining, moaning, murmuring, groaning, complaining, being bitter, feeling sorry for ourselves, and blatantly lacking thanksgiving in our hearts, in our words, and even in our actions.
Know what I needed? Not some better turkey! A change in attitude. A change of heart. Some serious thankfulness to the Lord that I have a forever relationship with Him through repentance and faith in Christ, that I am healthy, that I have food and water, clothing, and shelter, and zillions of other blessings.
Father, forgive us all for every single time in our lives we have complained and lacked thanksgiving. Lead us to repentance when we fall back into it. Forgive us for not giving you the praise you are due 24-7. Help us to be people of thanksgiving. People of praise. People of adoration of you. People who worship you. People who love you with every single ounce of our hearts – in thoughts, words, and actions. Change us into the men and women of God you desire us to be. AMEN!
“saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Amen.” Revelation 7:12
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4