As we do our shopping this weekend and make our plans for our Thanksgiving celebrations, I wonder if we could take just a minute to reflect on something. We are starting to prepare for a day dedicated to giving thanks to God for all of His blessings in our land and in our lives. If this is true, it implies that God is at the center of our lives as individuals and as a people. (where ever we may be)
If that premise is true, then we need to be thankful all of the time, and recognize the fact that God is always t the center of things, not just on the fourth Thursday in November. To me, this is a little bit like Resurrection Sunday (Easter). We may have a special Sunday when we really focus on the resurrection of Jesus, but every Sunday is a celebration of His resurrection, which is the reason we gather for worship on that day.
I may not be doing a very good job of this, but what I’m getting at is that we need to remember what God has done for us every day of the year, not just once. Thus, it really doesn’t matter if the person reading this is an American or an Englishman or a German or a South African; the message is the same: God has blessed us in so many ways, how can we not give to Him the thanks He deserves?
Being thankful and putting God into the center of our lives where He needs to be, is really the message of the whole thing. As we give Him thanks, we focus on Him and on our relationship with Him. I hope that we can all make this a daily practice; a practice that defines who we are and the way we live our lives until the Lord returns.