How many people will give Thanks actually to GOD on Thanksgiving Day? I know I will. I do so often. Everyday there is opportunity to find at least one thing or more in oneslife to be grateful for… and give Thanks.
Do you remember the story in Luke? "Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests."
And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. Now one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? "Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well."
Let's notice a few things about this... We need to be thankful. We have been blessed abundantly by God. We need to be humble. We are not totally independent. No man is an island. It takes time to be thankful. It takes time to tell someone thanks. It takes time to pray to God and say thanks.
It takes a right attitude to be thankful. Gratitude is an attitude.
Everything we have comes from God… Our health, our job, the good life. How quick something could happen to take it all away.
Remember the story of Job? Job had many children and many possessions. In a very brief period of time, it was all taken away.
Don't let your attitude get so bad that you are not thankful. Sometimes we may think that we don't have any thing to be thankful for. Thousands of years ago this attitude of gratefulness was taught to us, not just since the Pilgrams arrived. This is nothing new to contemplate upon.
Remember a principle of life… If you have little, there is someone else who
has less. You say you have a hole in your sock, someone else may not have a sock.
You say you don't have a sock, someone else may not have a shoe. You say you
don't have a shoe, someone else may not have a foot.
We need to count our blessings instead of sheep, or what is ment by the “possessions” we have.
We need to be humble, knowing that God has blessed us abundantly. Some of us more then others, but there is plenty of opportunity to share with others.
We may be commanded to give thanks to God but we should delight in doing so because we want to. Share that gratefulness with others too.
We may only have one Thanksgiving Day a year, but as Christians we need to be Giving Thanks to God every day.
It would be good for us to remember that when these stories were written, there was no such thing as “Thanksgiving” day. These stories were written long before there were pilgrims in America. Long before turkeys were stuffed and so were the people eating them. These stories were written long before there were parades and fat belly’s in front of TV watching the football games, long before America became a country.
You see, Thanksgiving does not need to be centered around some special date we set on a calendar. Thanksgiving will be and has always been a matter of action and of the heart. Most of us would agree that Thanksgiving should be a matter of the heart … but is it also a matter of action?
Yes! Thanksgiving is to be a matter of action too! At least this is what the Bible tells us in Psalm One Hundred. Look and notice all the verbs that are found in it. It is full of action words. Words like,
Shout – Serve – Come – Know – Enter – Give – Bless
All of these words are calling us to do something. To be thankful – not just with in words but also in action. To celebrate Thanksgiving has always been a matter of involvement. God calls us to be actively involved in giving thanks to Him… no matter what the date is on the calendar. In other words Thanksgiving continues on long past the fourth Thursday of November is gone as long as it continues in our heart.