Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States of America on the fourth Thursday in November. It has officially been an annual tradition since 1863. During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year in the United States.
We must celebrate thanksgiving daily by giving thanks to God. Thanksgiving should be a part of our daily lives. The “Attitude of Gratitude” should be part of our daily lives. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this month, here are some thoughts on what we should be thankful for during this time.
1.Thankful To God
We must be thankful to God for the gift of life. He created us with a purpose. God has a unique plan for each of us. His plans are to prosper us and not to harm us. He wants us to be the best in what we are and in what we do daily. We are able to wake up every morning by His grace. His mercies are new every morning. He is the One that provides new opportunities for us every day. In the book of Lamentations in The Holy Bible it states “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”- Lamentations 3:22-23
We should thank God every day for His blessings. We take many of God’s blessings for granted on a daily basis, like a place to live, family, friends, fresh air, safety, sound health and the beauty of nature to name a few. We should take time to thank and honor God in our daily lives.
2.Thankful For The Family
A family is a place where we find unconditional love, comfort, support, and encouragement. It is a place where we are accepted as we are. It is also a place where we learn discipline and forgiveness. We must be thankful for our families.
It is common for all families to have issues and differences. However, the greatest thing about a family is that we can work out and resolve these differences together as there is forgiveness in a family. In the Holy Bible we see the lives of many people who went through difficult times with their families including the Joseph from the Old Testament, King David and Moses to name a few. We ultimately see how they kept their faith and good attitude to overcome those difficult situations and turn the problems to their advantage and ultimately bring Glory to God.
A family is also a place where our identity is established. I heard a saying many years ago “Home – The Place Where We Grumble The Most and Are Treated the Best”. This is absolutely true. If you are blessed to meet your family during this time of the year, take the opportunity to shower them with love and kindness.
3.Thankful For The Job & The Opportunities
We must be thankful for our jobs. The important thing is that we get paid for the work we do which will help us to take care of our families. A job is a place where we get an opportunity to identify and focus on our strengths and to 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.
Brian Tracy quotes “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 that you love and look forward to it every morning. If you are not happy with where you are at this time, note that God placed you there for a reason. Remember to pray for your organization, your boss and your co-workers every day. As the Holy Bible states “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”- Colossians 3:23
There might be some people who are unemployed at this time and are looking for opportunities. This will be a perfect time to look back at your career in identifying what we are good at and to look for opportunities in those areas. Look at your past victories and look forward to the future opportunities. Do not lose hope as God will provide according to His riches in Glory. Take your skills and talents to God and ask Him to bless them and have faith to believe that He will provide for you.
4.Thankful For The Friends & The People We Meet
As we go through the journey of life we get opportunities to meet various people. Some people stay in our lives for short duration, while some people stay in our lives for longer periods of time. We must be a source of encouragement to the people we meet and must add value to them.
Maya Angelou quotes “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” We must look for ways to make a positive impact on the people we come across in our lives. We can also learn many things from people we meet 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 also invest time in reading some good books. Be around with people who will encourage you and build you.
5.Thankful For The Church
A Church is a unique place where people come to worship God from various cultures, nationalities, educational and family backgrounds. They gather together for a common reason which is to “Glorify God”. People bring their gifts to be used for the Glory of God. We should be thankful and pray for the church family. We will find encouragement, support and acceptance in a church.
Everyone can serve based on their individual gifts. When we go to the Lord with our talents, He will provide the opportunities and will show us where we can serve. In the book of Romans 12:6-9 from the Holy Bible it is written “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
Some Points To Remember
- Contentment is the key to a happy life. We should stop complaining and must learn to be thankful for everything that we have.
- 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.
- Learn to express thanks for every little thing as this is the “Will of God.”
- 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 to get over a lot of things and it is also good for our health.
- Reach out to hurting people and help them in any way you can. If you feel that you are blessed then be a blessing to others.
I would like to conclude with a saying from J.F.Kennedy “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”