“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:15
It is that time of the year again.
The time when we look forward to the big meal surrounded by our families and loved ones.
For some, it is a time to see relatives you haven’t seen in a while.
Others, it is the time to catch up on some sleep, watch the Macy’s day parade and some football.
We all have our holiday customs and certain foods that we must have at the dinner for it to truly be Thanksgiving.
But Thanksgiving ought to be more that a meal…
more than a football game or two…
more than catching up on sleep…
or seeing family members.
Thanksgiving is an attitude.
Have you ever had one of those days where there seems to be storm clouds all around you, and no matter what you do you can’t seem to shake the bad attitude that has settled on your heart? We have all been there.
try being in the room with someone like that, and no matter what you do, you can’t change their attitude. Eventually one of two things occurs – either you leave the room and their sour disposition, or you become just as dour and negative as they are.
Attitude is everything.
If we entered our day with a chip on our shoulders, we will taint the experience of that day. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, so why spoil today? Yet, far too many people have wasted days and weeks and months simply because a root of bitterness was allowed to grow in their hearts.
The Apostle Paul wrote to young Christians while in chains…and he found contentment in whatever condition his life was in – rich, poor, free or in chains. (Philippians 4:12-13).
Could it be that the true spirit of Thanksgiving isn’t about food, family, fun, football?
It’s a shocker, I know.
But instead, the true spirit of thanksgiving is all about impacting others and the world for Christ? As a matter of fact, the real spirit of thanksgiving isn’t about us getting what we want, but instead allowing God’s presence to be seen in us so that others might come to the full understanding of who Jesus is.
It is through our witness (in the good and bad times) that people might see the overflowing grace and glory of God.
So let me ask you, how is your spirit of thanksgiving today?
Have you learned to be content even in the hardest of times?
If we aren’t sharing our thanksgiving, then dare I say, we aren’t truly living for God.
His grace and love aren’t meant to be kept hidden – it is meant to be shared with both word and deed.
Perhaps today we need to pray that the Lord changes our attitudes.
Perhaps we’ve been going at life with a sour heart and have allowed some roots of bitterness to enter into our lives.
Maybe we need to ask the Lord to soften our hearts so that we might see other people…and that His death and resurrection isn’t an exclusive gift just to us…but everyone.
If we aren’t giving His presence to others, we aren’t truly living with His presence in our lives.
-Something more to ponder today.