The Task of Thankfulness


It is no coincidence that one of the most important Holidays comes at the heel of Thanksgiving. As we go into the Christmas season we are first reminded of all the wonderful things that God has given us. As we sit around the table eating our Thanksgiving spread, many of us take time to give thanks for our family, friends, our jobs and our homes.

For the month of November, our K-5th grade class learned about showing gratitude. Gratitude is one of those virtues that we are taught from a very young age. Our parents, and teachers teach us to say thank you; when someone gives us something, opens a door for us, or pays us a compliment. It should come second nature after awhile, right? But what about those times when it is not that simple? What about those times when we are sad or upset and feel like there is nothing to be thankful for? What about when we are having a bad day and our world seems to be falling apart? Naturally, this can be very difficult, but Paul tells us in Scripture, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT.

We have been given the greatest gift. A gift that surpasses all others. A gift that last an eternity; salvation through the Son Jesus Christ. It is up to us, although not an easy task, to refocus our energy on God. Let us be thankful for what we have and not what we are missing.