It seems that each year, Christmas comes a little sooner. And then a little sooner. And.. you get the point. But what about Thanksgiving? Why is it that we, as humans, skip over the holiday where we give thanks, to jump right into the holiday that has been commercialized to make us want more? We may be thankful on that fourth Thursday of November, but what about before and after? Are we truly thankful for what we have? (Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas!)
My pastor was talking a little bit about this in his sermon this past Sunday, and I love a quote he used. I can't remember the exact words, but it basically asked "why do we think we would be satisfied when we get more stuff when we aren't happy now with what we have?" Y'all, that's deep. We think that we will be satisfied when we get that certain thing, whether it be clothes, that new phone, even a boyfriend (or girlfriend). But the truth is, if we aren't happy NOW, we aren't going to be happy THEN.
Why? Because we don't gain happiness from material things. All of our happiness comes from Jesus. (you knew that was coming) It's true though! You can't find true and lasting joy apart from Him! When we focus on what we have and not what we want, we are glorifying Him. He wants us to be thankful for what He's given us, everyday of the year. We shouldn't want more and more, but learn to be thankful more and more. I promise that you have lots to be thankful for.
How? I wanted to put together some practical ways you can live a life of Thanksgiving and express to God how thankful you are!
So remember as we are about to celebrate Thanksgiving, and everybody will be talking about what they are thankful for, that that is how we as Christians should be all the time! Then we can move right along into Christmas with the right mindset- being thankful for what we have and not using the holiday to attempt to gain happiness from material things. Life is so much more fulfilling when we live a life of thanksgiving.
"in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18
"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever."
What are some ways that you show how thankful you are? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!
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