Thoughts about Thanksgiving
As we celebrated Thanksgiving this week, a few thoughts came to my mind that I would like to share. Thanksgiving should be a part of our daily lives and not just once a year event. There are a lot of things big and small that we must be thankful for.
Thanksgiving is a day that is set apart to “Give Thanks to the Lord”. But the “Attitude of Gratitude” must be a habit and should be part of our daily life. We should thank the Lord for all His blessings each and every day.
1. Thankful to God:
We must be thankful to God in the first place. It is the most important thing. He is our creator and He is the one that provides for us. By His grace we are able to wake up every morning. He is our maker and our designer. His mercies are new every morning. He is the One that provides new opportunities for us every day.
Consider the following verse from the Holy Bible. “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”- Lamentations 3:22-23(KJV).
We should thank the Lord for His blessings. We should be thankful for all the things that He provides us that will help us to get through our daily lives. (Shelter, transportation, safety, good health…). He is the guardian of our lives.
2. Thankful for the Family:
We must be thankful to our families. A family is a place where we can find comfort, support and encouragement. It is a place where we are accepted as we are and a place where we learn discipline and forgiveness. It is common to see issues and problems in all families. But the greatest thing about a family is that we can work out and resolve these things together as there is forgiveness. A family is also a place where our identity is established.
In the Holy Bible we see the lives of many people who went through difficult times with their families (for example consider the life of Joseph from the Old Testament, King David and Moses). We can see how those people kept their faith and good attitude to overcome those difficult circumstances and turn it to their advantage to get ahead in life and bring Glory to God.
3. Thankful for the Job:
We must be thankful for our jobs. The important thing is that we get paid for the work we do which will help us in taking care of the needs of our families. A job is a place where we have an opportunity to identify and focus on our strengths to get better in what we do and make a difference based on our unique skills and talents. A job provides the direction for our lives. There will be opportunities for partnerships and growth in our careers. I recently came across a quote from Brian Tracy that states “Happiness comes when you believe in what you are doing, know what you are doing, and love what you are doing.” You are blessed if you have a job like this where you can look forward to go to work every morning. Pray for the company you work for, your boss and for your co-workers every day.
There are people who are unemployed at this time and looking for opportunities. One thing that we could do at this time is to look back in our careers and identifying what we are good at and look for opportunities in those areas. Look at your past victories and look forward to the future opportunities. Do not lose hope as the Lord will provide according to His riches in Glory.
Remember that Jesus Christ blessed the ” five loaves of bread and two fish” to feed the multitude. It is written in the Bible that “Jesus directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.” Imagine what He can do in our lives. Take your skills and talents to God and ask Him to bless them and believe in faith. He will provide for you.
4. Thankful for the Church:
A Church is a unique place where people come from various cultures, nationalities, with different educational and family backgrounds. They gather together for a common reason which is to Glorify God. People bring their different talents to be used for the Glory of God. We should be thankful to the Pastors, Deacons, board members and the congregation. In a church we can find encouragement, support and acceptance. A person need not be a deacon or a board member to serve in the Church. We can all serve in different areas based on our talents. When we go to the Lord with our talents, He will provide the opportunities and will show us where we can serve with what we have.
I had an opportunity to volunteer at the “Christmas Village” that our church started five years ago. Every year during Christmas time the Christmas Village will be set up and I look forward to volunteer during that time. It gives me an opportunity to meet various people, to minister and pray with them. You can also look for opportunities to serve in the Church and can also talk to the elders in the church or the Pastor to see where you can serve.
5. Thankful for the friends, people we meet and the opportunities that we come across everyday:
As we go through life we get opportunities to meet various people. Some people stay in our lives for a short duration and some people stay in our lives for a longer duration that we call “friends”. We must be a source of encouragement to the people we meet and must add value to them. Make all the difference you can with the opportunities you get and learn from various people along the way. Charlie “Tremendous” Jones once said that “We will be the same year after year, except for the people we meet and the books we read.” So, learn from every opportunity and invest time in reading good books. Be around with people who will encourage you and build you.
Some points to remember:
1. We should stop complaining and must learn to be thankful for everything that we have. Contentment is the key to a happy life.
2. Never take things for granted and learn to enjoy little things in life. We have to learn to enjoy the little things that we come across in life for one day we may look back and realize that those were the big things.
3. Learn to express thanks for every little thing.
4. Learn to forgive others. The Bible states in Ephesians 4:26 “Be angry, and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath”. Forgiveness will help us get over a lot of things and is good for our health.
5. Reach out to hurting people and help them in any way you can. You are blessed and in turn be a blessing.
I would like to hear from you. Please feel free to share your thoughts.