A Month of Giving Thanks
Read This: Colossians 3:15-17
15 Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (for you were in fact called as one body to this peace), and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
It’s November. Can you believe it? Can you believe that in a matter of days, we’ll no longer be writing “2014” and instead it will be “2015”? Unless you’re like me and it takes well into June to competently make that leap, but that’s neither here nor there.
The point is: it’s November. AKA Turkey month. AKA the time of year when Cracker Barrel has already had its Christmas stuff out for three months.
Obviously, the big theme for November is “Giving Thanks” because of Thanksgiving. We all know that as inherently as we know that the most overrated dessert is Pumpkin Pie (I mean, c’mon you guys. Have you ever even looked at the inside of a pumpkin? Like something delicious could come from that?)
Regardless, just because we *know* something, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we *get* it. As such, I want to challenge you to really dive into the idea of giving thanks this November.
If you are like me, being mindful of giving thanks happens less in my day-to-day life than I’d like. In truth, I usually only really immerse myself in that idea on the day of Thanksgiving and only because of the ubiquitous tradition of going around the table and talking about it.
If it weren’t for that moment, I don’t know that I’d ever be truly forced to focus on it. But no more! This month, I’m going to make it a point to really consider what thankfulness is. But more than that, I’m going to force myself to be constantly mindful of it because how can I share about God with others if I take for granted all the many ways he blesses us both big and small? If we don’t do that, than we’re more useless than week old pumpkin pie!
What are some basic ways that God blesses you that often go overlooked? Compare those to the biggest ways He has provided and give thanks for a God that looks after the big and small.
Father God, you alone are constant and faithful in your goodness. We offer our thanks, as incomplete and unworthy as it is, to you. We thank you so much for how you look after us, how you love us and how you unconditionally provide for us both tangibly and intangibly. Help us to meditate on the truth of your love for us and help us to be in a constant state of thankfulness this month.