Are You Thankful?

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Where did November go?  Christmas is just around the corner.  Excitement fills the air as the temperature grows colder and stores fill their aisles with the sights and sounds of Christmas.  Attention is drawn toward decorating and gifts.  But wait.  . . . Could this be true?  . . . My calendar would indicate that  Christmas is still two months away.  Yes, it is true!  I haven’t lost November after all.  All of this Christmas decoration that has been going on for weeks in October has had me confused.  You see, I believe that the commercialization of Christmas has caused us to overlook another holiday of great  importance, Thanksgiving.

The Thanksgiving holiday can give us a chance to reflect on our year and our life and recall the many reasons we have to be thankful.  As we apply the Word of God to our life, Thanksgiving reminds us to put into practice the verses above.  Thanksgiving isn’t simply about being thankful for the things in life that have gone our way, but being thankful in all circumstances.  Many Christians spend great amounts of time and effort to try to determine God’s will for their life, yet they fail to put into practice specific items that God directly says is His will for us.

How about you?  Are you a thankful person?  Would your spouse, parent, child, or another person close to you say that you are a thankful person? 

I pray that you do not overlook Thanksgiving this year and that you determine to be a thankful person each and every day that God gives to you.  As God’s people live thankful lives, the joy and enthusiasm of being a Christian spreads to those around us.

Thankfully serving Christ,

Tom

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