I’ve had this continual thought: “You need to be thankful” confronting me at the weirdest times. Knowing I’d be reminding myself as I remind my readers to be thankful, I decided to make it the topic of this week’s newsletter.
Then as I listened to the market report I was reminded tomorrow is American Thanksgiving. (We have a shorter growing season in Canada and so celebrate ours the second Monday in October.) HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my American readers. Have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. I’m praying for those who can’t be with family or don’t have family to gather with. I’m also praying for safe travels for you all.
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7 Things I’m Thankful For
Here’s a really interesting statement made by Paul. It’s one we often gloss over because of the surrounding material. That doesn’t mean it’s any less insightful:
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Romans 1:21 (New Living Translation)
Did you realize that choosing not to give God thanks starts us thinking up foolish ideas about what God is like? “He did me wrong.” “I can’t trust Him.” “He’s angry at me.” If you’ve heard yourself think or say those things you’re not alone. The way back to thinking right is to be thanking right.
With that in mind I’ve come up with a list of things I need to remind myself I’m really thankful for. I am really thankful for all these things, but when I choose to give God thanks for them I can easily forget I’m thankful for them. I was going to do these up as a list. “7 Things I’m Thankful For” gets a lot more people opening up the email. But a list is academic and I can do it without it affecting my heart. Notice Paul wrote “…or even give him thanks.” There’s something that happens when we personalize our thanks to God. So instead of list here’s part of my conversation today with God. Notice my seven paragraphs…
I’m so thankful to you when I think about the price you paid to make it simple for me to come before you now. I don’t have to come with the sacrifice of an animal. I don’t have to prove I’m good enough to stand before you. I’m not and you know it. And you became the way so I’m in your presence with something as simple as thanksgiving.
Thank you God for my wife. You knitted her together in her mother’s womb and ordained every one of her days before one of them came to be. You knew her and loved her even before the world began. Thank you for her gifts and passion and insight and her friendship. Thank you for blessing our covenant and standing watch over our lives.
Thank you God for my kids. They are amazing people with hearts like your own. They are growing up so fast and growing more and more into your image. Thank you for who they are and thank you for all they can do.
Thank you Lord for our extended family. Thank you for the heritage and help of our parents. Thank you for my siblings. Bless them today in all they do. Thank you for my wife’s aunts and grandparents and cousins. Thanks for all the fun we have with the kids you’ve blessed us all with.
Thank you Lord for the people who pick up our garbage. I really am thankful for what they do and am thankful we don’t live in anarchy.
Thank you Father, for letting us call you Father. There are days I miss my dad, but thank you I know he’s with you.
Thank you Lord!
Why don’t you take some time and write out what you’re thankful for? Maybe you can read it to your family before you eat turkey.
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5 Steps to be Thankful
This comes from my booklet How Big Is Your But?I’ve got an acrostic to help you remember how you can choose to be thankful.
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One Last Thing…
This newsletter feels more like a sermon outline so why don’t we go old school and end with a hymn?
Count Your Blessings
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
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