Thanksgiving is now only three days away; can you believe it?
I want to start by asking you a question. What is the root of your thankfulness – is it your family, financial security, a good job, or the small good things that happen in a day?
I love the journey from Thanksgiving to Christmas; it’s a great time to evaluate what’s on my heart – and why. Although that journey seems to be going quickly this year, it’s already snowing here in Oklahoma!
About 54 years ago, I gave my life to Christ and surrendered to the call of God on my life. As I take the time to reflect on those years, I can’t help but be thankful to God.
He’s the reason I am where I am!
So, the thankfulness that fills my heart this season, especially, comes from that day. All good things come from God, which began at that moment for me.
God is the center of my thankfulness.
When you make God the center of your thankfulness, no matter your current circumstances, you can’t help but give thanks!
Paul faced persecution, loss, and imprisonment but somehow let thankfulness and praise rise out of his heart.
Has this year been challenging?
Are you not looking forward to the holidays this year?
Or are you feeling blessed and excited?
No matter how you are feeling, I want to challenge you.
From now until Thanksgiving, write down why you are thankful.
You might have to dig deep and remember the anchor moments when God came through.
If it comes easily, I still want you to dig deep and remember why your success is possible.
This challenge is to help you look past the fog that might be blocking your vision from seeing the goodness of God.
I find that hard times are the moments to reflect on the goodness of God and give thanks. And happy times are an opportunity to anchor yourself when it’s easy to listen to the flesh.
I want to help you start that list with three things that are the root of my thankfulness.
1. Belonging – You and I belong to the Father and His family. You are never alone. When the circumstance might yell that you are, the Father is right there with you.
2. Belief – All things are possible to those who believe. The day I surrendered my life was a forever anchor moment for me.
3. Becoming – Every day, you and I are becoming more and more like Christ.
I pray that as you take the time to reflect, you’ll begin to see God’s goodness still following you.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Colossians 1:11-12 “Always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light.”