As I think about Thanksgiving, I naturally start to think of all the things I am thankful for. Sometimes it was easy for me to say thank you and Amen, but years ago, when I realized that I am desperate every second of the day,and it's God who holds my every moment in His hand, being thankful took on a whole new meaning for me. I understood I didn't earn or deserve anything I have. These blessings in my life were all freely given to me daily by God's grace made possible through Christ. I didn't do enough of good works, and I couldn't buy them because the value of my relationship with Christ, my family, our health, happiness, and safety is priceless. I just simply received what God does best, which is taking delight in blessing His children.
For many years now I have made it a habit to thank God first for all that He has done in my life, what He is currently doing, and for the things He will continue to do. I purposely do this before I ask Him for something because I don't want to take anything for granted, and because I believe it honors God when we recognize His goodness. God is our Father and for those of you that are parents, I am sure you love it when your children come to you and thank you for something you have done for them. I know I love it when Dalton comes up to me and says thank you. Not only does it make me feel appreciated, but it also makes me want to continue giving to him because of his thankful heart. I believe this works the same way for us when we go to God and express our thankfulness.
Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. I love this because to me, this is saying to ask God for what you want, but first come to Him with the attitude of being thankful. Today as you reflect on all that you are thankful for, let's not forget that God makes these things possible for us every day.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and remember to walk in love and speak in peace.