Trouble Giving Thanks?

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“Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I think I’ll go out and eat worms!”

The mean things that my school mates said and did to me when I was in elementary school made me feel like eating worms. How about you?

I didn’t think about the loving Mama and Daddy I went home to or the dinner waiting for me. I didn’t remember my brothers and the joy I had as we played together.

Thanksgiving is a time for remembering. Remembering the good things and giving thanks.

That’s what Thanksgiving is all about.

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
Psalm 9:1-2

Giving thanks with his whole heart, David recounted God’s works and His character.

 “Half heart is no heart.” (Spurgeon)

Even in the turmoil that America has faced this year, we can thank God with our whole hearts.

  • Even though America has strayed, God established us as a nation under Him.
  • He gave America devoted Christian leaders.
  • God created this incredible land with amazing beauty and wonder.
  • He created us with minds that can learn.
  • He gave men and women scientific and medical minds to defeat sickness.
  • He abounds in mercy, grace, and lovingkindness toward His people.
  • He loved the world so much that He sent His only begotten Son [Jesus] to pay the price we owe for our sins, so that we could enjoy life with Him forever, John 3:16.
  • Jesus is returning to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Revelation 19:16.

I’m also thankful that God does not expect us to live in isolation. He has surrounded us with spouses, families, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and acquaintances, even if it is virtually for now.

Thanksgiving Memorial

What if you were to list all the blessings in your life and how God has worked?

Call it a “Thanksgiving Memorial.” David’s gratitude is memorialized in the Bible. You can memorialize your thanks, too.

Each day, review the list and add three new blessings. Recite the list out loud and thank God for the blessings.

Post the list on your bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, or another place where you will see it often. Put a pencil, pen, or marker close to the list, so that you can easily add to it.

Surprise yourself. Continue to add to the list until the end of the year.

What are you thankful for?

Bless our readers by listing some of the blessings that you are thankful for in the Comments Section.

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Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!