A Lifestyle of Thanksgiving
As we quickly approach the end of fall and as we think about gathering with family to celebrate Thanksgiving do we take the time to think about how often we give thanks? Thanksgiving, just like all holidays, it seems commercialization has taken over and the original intention has been lost. Now instead of a special day set aside to give thanks it has turned into the best time of year to get a deal on electronics or other gifts. Instead of spending time together with family giving thanks for the blessings of the previous year it is spent waiting in lines to order to get the best deal of the year.
As Christians we should have a different view of thanksgiving. We need to have a lifestyle of thanksgiving so that we don’t have to worry about just setting aside one day a year to give thanks. According to Warren W. Wiersbe “The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see many reasons for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long” If we live each day rejoicing and giving thanks all day it will become a habit that we repeat each day.
Take a look at the life of King David and the Psalms that he wrote and you will see an example of living a life of thanksgiving. David even in the midst of trouble, made time to give God the thanks and praise that God deserves. David faced severe struggles such as fleeing from Saul and the effects of sinning with Bathsheba but he still had a heart of thanksgiving.
So reflect on our own lives and ask do we have a heart of thanksgiving each and every day no matter the circumstances. This Thanksgiving may we celebrate with friends and family but have a thanksgiving mindset each day of the year. Each day let us follow the words of David in Psalm 69:30 “I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving.”