We’ve just celebrated a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving! Hubby didn’t have to go to work on Thursday evening for the first time since we’ve been together, and that was such a blessing! Certainly made visiting both families easier and not feeling rushed. He did work the day before, which he chided me later isn’t as easy on his baking all day, but he got it done and enjoyed doing it… and we all enjoyed the pies! YUM!
This past week as I’ve listened and watched everyone wishing one another a Happy Thanksgiving, one thing has nibbled at the back of my mind. This mindset that we must “have much” in order to be thankful is… well, it’s silly!! It is, in fact, more important to be thankful of all the little things when the little things are all one has.
I know that Thanksgiving is over, but our heart attitude of thanks to God should not be. As you review your blessings for the year, think about a few things you may not usually dwell on – if at the end of the paycheck there is more week or month left, if there is no “bountiful abundance” of STUFF sitting in pretty packages (or in boxes in storage), if it takes everything you have just to do the mundane daily tasks… are you still going to be thankful? If it all disappears, will you curse the one you just thanked this week?
Or will you remember that HE is in control? Will you remember that even if you have no STUFF, that you still have family, friends, health, and the ability to express your thoughts and your worship freely? Will you remember that every good thing comes from the Lord? Will you remember that even when he had no family, friends, and health left, even Job did not curse God and was blessed for another HUNDRED AND FORTY YEARS because of it? The Lord replaced all that had been taken, and doubled his “stuff” wealth. Why? Because of his heart attitude, and his acknowledgement that God is always in control.
I’m so glad that so many of my friends have so much to be thankful for this year. We, too, have much to be thankful for, but not many of which I could take pictures of to show you. This year we have much to thank the Lord for in the way of his mighty hand working in our lives for our provision, for our protection, for our growth, for our spirits.
The message I’m seeing so often this year is, “May you always have much to be thankful for.” I say to you, dear friends, instead, “May you always be thankful, no matter how much you have.”