This week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day as way to show our gratitude for the blessings of this past year. We celebrate with family and friends, often we eat too much, watch too much football and sit around all day. Somehow most Americans miss the real meaning of being thankful. There seems to be way too much complaining, gripping, fusing all year long and then on one day we say thanks. I believe the Bible is clear when it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV) 16 “Rejoice always,
17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Rejoicing, praying and giving of thanks should be not only a daily activity but a lifestyle. Sometimes it is a sacrifice to express thankfulness when things are not going as we hope for. As a practice, find something to express your gratitude for today and everyday, rather then finding something to complain about. I promise it will make you life much more pleasant. Also remember that being thankful is a component to answered prayer.
It’s the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.
Pastor Carl Benton