I’ve been thinking about “thanksgiving” not Thanksgiving as in the holiday, but as in “giving thanks.” Giving of thanks to the Lord above doesn’t require a holiday, a turkey, or family and friends, it requires understanding that no matter how much we try to deny it or are just blind to it – the truth is, that nothing we do is on own.
Everything we have and everything we accomplish is because of someone else – and in its finality it all tracks back to God. We can argue the contrary, but the facts are still the facts. If you have transportation for work, someone other than you was responsible for its creation and that someone was gifted outside of themselves with the vision, ability, and aptitude to bring it into being. If you are employed, someone other than yourself is responsible for the creation of said business, and no matter how old the business or how new, the aptitude to create same came from a “Source” outside of they themselves (or ourselves if self-employed), including the ability to absorb and comprehend what may have been taught.
I could go on and on, citing example after example, but agree or not you get my point. It’s important to give thanks always and in all things. And yes, that includes in the most difficult of times and the most painful of circumstances. I know that on some level, that may be hard to grasp, but it is no less true. Adults who were reprimanded as children will tell you they understand the benefit of same looking back, even though they may not have at that time. And, life, by it’s very nature is fraught with that which is impossible to understand in this life.
Scripture is replete with examples of the faithful giving thanks in the most dire of circumstances. It’s easy to give thanks when all is going our way – and we should. But, it is a sign of maturity when we can give thanks during times of pain and uncertainty.
But there is also the thanksgiving or giving of thanks as it were, for those God sends our way during the good times for us to share the blessings with – and those He sends our way to encourage us during the difficult times. And herein is the point I want to make. We are conditioned, indeed it’s reflexive to give thanks for things and stuff – but, it’s the giving of thanks for people – those we like and get along with, and those we think unpleasant things about – because both groups offer us something too learn and be thankful for if we are open to same.
I want give thanks this Thanksgiving for each and everyone of you, because you are responsible for inspiring me and challenging me in ways that have been nothing short of blessing upon blessing. Thank you all, not only for making this blog the success it has become in just five short months, but for your prayers, your words of encouragement, your comments, and witticisms, and yes even the contrarians.
I pray you and yours a special Thanksgiving and may it truly be a day of giving thanks. Happy Thanksgiving from me to you.