“Now, our God, we give You thanks and praise Your glorious Name, Yahweh.” 1 Chronicles 29:13
The month of November reminds people to be thankful. We see daily expressions of thanks throughout social media as people join the “30 days of thanks” challenge and share their blessings with the world. It’s a beautiful idea, if only it lasted throughout the year. Sadly, after today many people will go back to the old habits of overlooking the things they have to be thankful for. Black Friday rolls around and suddenly all that we have to be thankful for has to compete with all the new stuff we don’t have. “Thankful” people are lining up outside of stores to buy a bunch of stuff they don’t need mere hours after sitting down to a meal to say how “thankful” they are for all they have.
This year, let us remember our gratitude should extend beyond a tradition and a social media post; our gratitude should extend from our hearts. It should be sincere. It should honestly and humbly appreciate all that we have each day.
True gratitude appreciates all it has, no matter how little, because it understands everything we have is a blessing someone else is praying and waiting to receive.
If you have shelter, food and a warm bed you’re abundantly blessed and have much to be thankful for. If you have indoor plumbing you’re abundantly blessed and have much to be thankful for. If you’re reading this without fear of ISIS or some other terrorist organization running into your home and terrorizing your life….you are abundantly blessed!
Let us remember to be thankful each day of the year, not just this day, because YHWH remembers to be faithful each day of the year and not just one…
Remember, we’re called to “….give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18; as a result we should be “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20 Ask yourself, are you?
You are called. You are loved. You are a child of God.