As Thanksgiving is only several days away, the topic of being thankful is on many of our minds. It is good to be thankful. We may each express our gratitude in different ways.
We may have our thankful lists but do we really ...live out a life of gratitude?
How do you react when:
- Your elderly aunt keeps telling you the same story over and over again
- Nobody seems to be around to help when it's time to clean up after the Thanksgiving meal
- You seem to work and work to make the perfect Thanksgiving meal but don't receive the praise you were seeking
- The person who agreed to bring the dessert fails to show up
- Your family just doesn't seem to get into the thankful lists you hoped they would each share
- Your uncle turns the ballgame on and doesn't talk to anyone
Maybe you can add your own version of the disappointments that can occur when families gather together. We want it to be perfect but often they are not.
Will you consider taking time this Thanksgiving to spend time early in the morning with the Lord?
Make time before the guests arrive and the meal needs to be prepared and quiet yourself before Him.
The more time you spend with the Lord, the more you will reflect Jesus to others. The fruit of the Spirit will become more evident to others. And that fruit is a byproduct that requires no words. It is seen by others.
Will you commit to ...live out what you believe?
Will you be thankful ...despite imperfect people?
May your gratitude be lived out in your life as you exhibit:
I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving that is filled with thankfulness.