As we approach the holiday season, I am always reminded and amazed at how consumer driven our culture is. Before Halloween is even done the big box stores are putting out Christmas stuff. Thanksgiving seems to be an afterthought. I tell people that it is hard to celebrate being thankful and then convince people to go out that night or very early the next morning to buy all this stuff that we think we need because it is a good deal. (my own personal view of why the box stores do not celebrate thanksgiving). I am not trying to discourage anyone from black Friday shopping! I find myself looking through the adds at stuff that I think I need or would like and it distracts me from truly being thankful. We just need to remember that being thankful is not just one day a year for Christians. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says this, “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray constantly, 18 give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I find that it is hard to teach my children in this consumer driven culture to do as this passage commands. To give thanks in all things, the good, the bad, the pain, the sorrow, the trials, as well as the joys, and the blessings. This is what sets us apart as followers of Christ. What is the good and bad in your life that you are thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving,
We take turns writing when God gives us an idea. The author will be noted.