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It’s almost time for one of our favorite days of the year–Thanksgiving!
What’s better than gathering with friends and family, throwing around the football, and stuffing your face full of turkey? Not much. But, as we all know, that’s not really what Thanksgiving is about. This year and every year, is when we take the time to reflect on all the blessings we have in our lives and the wonderful love of our God who has given them to us!
Throughout the Bible we read incredible testimonies about giving thanks to God, no matter our circumstances. I Thessalonians 5:18 tells us, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” When we take the time to recognize God’s favor in our lives, we’re fulfilling His commandments and following His word. Here are some practical ways we can show our thanks this Thanksgiving season and beyond:
Setting Aside Time for Worship
Amidst all of the fun of Thanksgiving break, it’s important we take time to physically express our thanks to the Lord in worship! The book of Psalms gives us a great example for what it means to praise God for His goodness in all seasons. In fact, in the last 5 chapter of Psalms alone, the word “praise” is mentioned more than 40 times! Check out this passage from Psalm 150:
Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
It pleases the Lord’s heart when we lift our voices to celebrate His love. Whether you choose to worship alone, as a family, or with a church, make sure to take time this week to personally tell God that you appreciate all that He’s done for you.
Another great way for us to show gratefulness during the Thanksgiving season is to serve others in our community who are in need. The Bible tells us to be good stewards of our blessings, and part of this means using what we have to bless others.
There are so many ways you and your family can serve during the holiday season! Check online with your local churches and charitable organizations to find out ways you can serve your community. Many cities have programs that provide meals or put together Thanksgiving baskets for hungry families, and many homeless shelters are in need of extra donations and volunteers.
In addition to serving your community, you can strive to show your friends and families you’re thankful for them by acts of service and meeting their needs. A little act of kindness can go a long way in sharing God’s love! Whether it’s giving your parents some extra help in the kitchen, writing a note of thanks to your coworkers or teachers, or making extra time to spend with your siblings, we can all show our gratefulness to others just by making little sacrifices.
Taking on a Posture of Gratefulness Year-Round
While we always talk about thankfulness around Thanksgiving and Christmas, God desires for us to take on a posture of gratefulness during every season! This means we strive daily to understand that every blessing in our life comes from the Lord. It also means that, even when times get tough, we choose to rejoice that God is always good. Let’s circle back again to 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Did you catch that? Notice that this verse doesn’t say "give thanks only in November and when everything is great!” God calls us to praise Him no matter our struggles or difficulties. This isn’t always easy, but the book of Philippians tells us that when we choose to trust in the Lord’s goodness, our reward is great–He will give us His peace.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7
How are you and your family showing gratefulness to the Lord this Thanksgiving?