Author: Sarah Rexford
Our spirit of thankfulness defines us more than we may realize. Perhaps at the core, our level of thankfulness affects our level of joy. Assuming — or expecting — a certain lifestyle takes the joy out of receiving. When we expect… there is no joy in surprises that blessings may give.
But at a deeper level, perhaps our spirit of thankfulness shows where our heart is. This week in particular is one when we focus on being thankful for all we have.
Ironically, merely hours after Thanksgiving Day we clamor to get all we can. Taking proper advantage of deals is good stewardship of money… but there is a sense of sadness that our hearts can turn so quickly from thankful for what we have to desiring what we do not have.
Where is the gratitude in our hearts coming from?
More than material wealth, as followers of Jesus Christ we have received a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, salvation, promise of eternal relationship with the Creator, and much, much more. A few questions that may be worth asking this Thanksgiving:
Are we truly thankful for…
- The sacrifice made in bringing us the gift of salvation?
- The people God has placed in our lives for this season?
- The material blessings God has given us?
- The opportunity to live and work for God through our earthly jobs?
Grace too, is a gift.
Enjoying the way we get energy for our bodies is grace and something to be thankful for. Thanksgiving dinner is a byproduct of this grace.
God gives us grace even to recognize the many things He has given us. Thankfulness itself is a byproduct of grace.
This Thanksgiving let’s enjoy the food, the people He has placed in our lives, and the earthly blessings God has given. It is grace that brings these blessings into our lives, grace that gives us the opportunity to see these blessings, and grace that allows us to embrace a spirit of thanksgiving!