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This Christmas, Give Thanks

December 10, 2014

And you thought Thanksgiving was over.  What a wonderful holiday, a day focused on giving thanks.  News flash; one day is not nearly enough.

I wish I was a Bible scholar for many reasons, but one reason is that I wish I could tell you how many times the Bible tells us to give thanks.  I know it is more than once.  We are actually supposed to live in a state of thankfulness.  Oh, if we lived in that place what a different world ours would be.

Living in thankfulness changes our entire perspective.  Our focus is no longer on the negative, but what we are truly thankful for.  No matter how bad things are, there is always something to be thankful for.  Even when we have lost what seems like everything, we can NEVER lose His love for us or the fact that He died for our sins.  That right there is something to ALWAYS be thankful for.

Now I’m going to switch gears. I want you to give thanks.  I am not talking about the things that we ourselves are thankful for, what I’m asking you to do is; GIVE thanks.

We live in a thankless world.  The words, thank you are not common any longer.  An attitude of gratitude seems to be disappearing.  The expectations of mankind can be demanding and when those expectations are met, the attitude can be one of, “well, finally!”

The world around us is in great need of the Christmas gift of thanks.  It may seem sad that a person’s day can be made with the simple words, “thank you,” but it is true.  Our society can seem so harsh that two simple little words can seem so refreshing.  We run through our days amidst faceless crowds of thankless people, all demanding, all self involved.  We can be that one small light shining in a sea of thanklessness.

Does your spouse or parents live their daily lives to provide for your needs?  Do you have friends who have shown you any level of kindness or support?  Is society filled with weary workers ringing up our purchases, bagging our groceries, delivering our mail, delivering us the word of God week after week?  Each and every one of these is thirsting for the gift of thanks.

The job description of mothers comes with some fine print.  “This job will be executed day after day, meal after meal, often without thanks.”

Oh, that we could show each other some kindness.  Oh, that we could live in a state of such thankfulness that we truly became aware of all that we really should be thankful for, of all those we should be really thankful to.

The world is yearning for some kindness.  Those huddled masses I spoke of before yearn to be noticed, to have peace, to be comforted and to be shown some gratitude.  These are all wonderful gifts that would bless any recipient.  They are not inexpensive.  They will cost you a moment of your time, and I know that is of great value to you.  The interesting thing though is that the cost really becomes quite small in comparison to the gain you will receive.  Oh what joy floods your world when you give to someone else’s world.  Test me and see if I’m right.

So no need for that huge loan you were about to take out to purchase Christmas gifts, this one is free.  Ask the Lord how you can give thanks today.

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