When you hear the word Thanksgiving, what are the first things that come to mind? Its might be along the lines of turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, beets, and so on, right? Yes, that’s what comes to mind because the true blessing of Thanksgiving has been sugarcoated and watered-down to nothing but a celebration of eating turkey and spending time with family. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with turkey and spending time with family, but the true meaning of this day, Thanksgiving, lies in the word itself. Now let’s break it down; when Thanksgiving comes we think about turkey, but put it this way, as if it were two separate words; Thanks and Giving. Now when you think about Thanks, two words come to mind, Thank you. So that tells you that you should be saying thank you and being grateful. Some questions that you might wonder now are “thank you for what?” and “Thank who?” First you should start-off thanking God for giving you life. Then, you should thank God for the little things that you and I take for granted every day. Thank him for food, water, shelter, health, and whatever else comes to mind. For instance I thank God daily for life, family, and freedom to praise him as I will. Now let’s think about the second word in this; giving. Now I understand that we as humans tend to be very selfish, but the Lord encourages us to give. In 2 Corinthians 8:4 Paul states that giving is a privilege. In other words, we should be giving frequently or very often, not be selfish and keep all we have to our self. In 2 Corinthians 9:7 it says “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” This means, when you give, don’t give with an attitude of “here you go get out of my face,” but “take this and have a blessed day.” So as you meditate on this, I pray you will never see Thanksgiving the same again. When you are praying, add this; I pray it will help you to understand your blessings. I was recently admitted into the basketball team at my school LMS and at the beginning of every practice we say this, it is known as “The Creed.”
THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW DAY, GOD HAS GIVEN US THIS DAY TO USE AS WE WILL, WE CAN WASTE IT OR USE IT FOR GOOD, FOR WHAT WE DO TODAY IS IMPORTANT, FOR WE HAVE EXCHANGED A DAY OF OUR LIVES FOR IT, WE WANT IT TO BE GOOD NOT BAD, GAINED NOT LOSS, SUCCESS NOT FAILURE, SO WE WILL NEVER REGRET THE PRICE WE PAID FOR IT.
(Ps: Notice God is always giving; He has already set our example.)