Wow! I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving week! I saw the funniest cartoon last weekend. This sentiment is so true. Christmas “clutter” appeared on the shelves of many of the stores I frequent by mid-October. Retailers seem view Thanksgiving as a mere obstacle that forces them to close on a perfectly good sales day. No joke! How many stores do you know that are opening sometime on Thursday?
That’s such a shame because our thankfulness, our grateful attitude before God, should not be skipped over. Showing appreciation to the Father for all that He has done grounds us in a realization of His presence and builds our relationship with Him.
I so love seeing folks on Facebook list their blessings. I’ve noticed that the blessings I’ve seen, and my own blessings, fall into several types. If you’re having trouble discerning your blessing, maybe these categories will help you jump start your thank-yous.
These blessings might even fall into the Christmas gift listings. They’re the things that can fill packages and might include all sorts of hobbies, styles, and sizes. A lot of times, we can consider these things to be needs, but in truth, these are total luxury, usually way more than necessary. My overstuffed closet can testify to the truth of this. How about yours?
Do you have shelter? If you’re strolling through the internet, I’m thinking the answer is yes. Do you have enough food to keep yourself and your family from starving. If you live in mainstream America, likely starving is not nearly so much of an issue as over-eating. Do you have clothes for yourself and your children? Water? Warmth? You’re set!
These are the things that make life so worthwhile! Someone to care about. Some purpose in your life. People who love you. Companionship. A place to be and a reason to be there.
We all have God-sized holes in our hearts. Empty places that we’ll try to fill with other things: people, luxuries, or concepts like wealth, power, romance, or success. God’s very presence in our lives is something for which to be intensely thankful.
Your Turn: I hope this listing of different reasons for giving thanks encourages you to realize just how very blessed you are. Share. What stands out in your life as something for which you are grateful?
This will be my only post until Thanksgiving. On Friday, we’ll be posting a preview of something truly exciting (A huge blessing!) and starting next week, you’ll find a post EVERY DAY!