Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Secret of Thankfulness

"Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!... I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
Philippians 4: 4, 12 & 13

     This holiday seems to revolve around food and football instead of giving thanks to God. The early settlers had many losses after arriving on the Mayflower, yet they gathered together with thankful hearts. One of my ancestors, Richard Warren, was among those who was on that ship; I'd like to think he was bowing his head on that first Thanksgiving many years ago. We are to rejoice in the Lord always, whether we have feast or famine, simply because He is God.
     "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." (verse 19)
     Dear God,
Every day should be Thanksgiving Day when hearts and hands are raised to you in appreciation. Forgive our greediness and selfish desires, forgive the Black Friday society in which we live where the Christmas ads begin after Halloween. The whole concept of buying more and more, shuffling along looking for deals, is such stupidity when, a year from now, most folks will not remember what they received.  The peace of God they are searching for comes not from mountains of stuff but from prayer, faith and giving You due praise and thanks. You will guard our hearts and minds against all evil influence, including greed and gluttony. (See Philippians 4: 8 & 9)
     The secret to being truly thankful in every situation is this: Think about whatever is noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. Put all these thoughts into action and the God of peace will be with you. Hallelujah! Amen!

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