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Biblical Thanksgiving

“We give thanks to God and the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ”
Colossians 1:3

Givethanks sunrise

Watching any popular television show in America, you will find it difficult to find much gratitude. Our society becomes more “me centered” with every passing year.

We could blame Hollywood, but they give the people what they want. People want gratification.

This trend toward ungratefulness could be stemmed by true worshipers of God. After all, He deserves to be thanked for redeeming us, for giving us life, for preserving our life and for creating a perfect biosphere for us to thrive in.

How often do we thank Him?

I don’t mean “Lord, thank you for this food” as we’re about to eat dinner. Incidentally, we will consume more calories than we need and probably throw away enough food to stem the flow of starvation for the less fortunate.

Do we consider that? I know I don’t.

Every breath we take is reason to praise God.

Of course, God isn’t the only one we neglect when it comes to saying “thank you.” Do we thank the person who cooks our meals? What about the person who bags our groceries and carries them out to the car?

You know how long it takes to tell that elderly gentleman who holds the door for me at the post office “thank you”? Less time than it takes me to type one word of this sentence. Why wouldn’t I show that itty bitty token of gratitude?

We get too caught up in our thoughts and plans. If we’re having a bad day, we don’t want to talk to anyone and we certainly aren’t going to smile.

Truthfully, the thanksgiving taught in the Bible runs deeper than this surface display. It is an attitude. Rather than taking credit for our successes, we realize God gave us our abilities.  A thankful spirit would never have to be coaxed into saying encouraging words to other.

That old phrase “fake it until you make it” applies. We are reflecting the Lord Jesus with every word and deed. If our heart needs an adjustment, let’s take care of it. When we’re having a bad day, we need to remember what a bad day looked like in the life of Christ (torture and death, if you need a hint).

We have plenty to be thankful for in our world. Further, God commands us to give thanks for everything.

What are you thankful for today? Who can you say “thank you” to right now?

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Freelance writer and editor whose background in education and BA in English Language & Literature amps her love of all things books. Twenty years of parenting and 26 of marriage gives unique insight to her preferred audiences of women, young adults, and teenagers.

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