Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. This is a time we take to spend with our families and be thankful for the bountiful blessings we have been given. Some might feel particularly disconnected this Thanksgiving as they focus on the things they don’t have because of a dwindling economy. Yes, there are a lot of people hurting this year and many may not see a reason to be joyful or festive. So what is the response of the Christian during this difficult time? Maybe it’s time for us to get a grip on what’s really important. We were sent into this world to give God glory and worship Him with our lives – no matter how fruitful or fruitless they appear to be. This season is about thanks AND giving. Being thankful for whatever we have, for whatever our lot in life and giving to others of our time, talent and treasure. Everything we do must glorify God – He has bought us with a precious price – the blood of His only begotten Son. Our lives are not a sum of the things we do or don’t have – or even the things we want. It is, however, sometimes difficult to think this way especially since we are constantly bombarded with the flashiness of Wall Street and the beautiful red sale signs in the mall. It is very easy to reduce our lives to things – but this should not be the reality for the children of God.
How can you help someone else during this season? It doesn’t have to be in the form of a monetary exchange, but rather speak positively into someone’s life. Help build up someone’s self-esteem, clean out your closet and see what you have to share or exchange outfits with a friend. Choose a night to make a little extra for dinner and share it with someone else as a gesture of friendship. Look around your church for a child that is living in a single parent home and adopt them for a day or weekend. Take a moment to send cards to the people on your church’s sick and shut-in list. Approach this season differently – making it not just about what you can or cannot get or what you do or do not have.
As you approach this season – of Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year, look at them from a different angle – Thanks and Giving, CHRIST-must (be first) and New Yearning (to be more like Him).
c/2008 Candie A. Price