Have you ever thought about what God thinks of Thanksgiving?
This week in America we are preparing to spend a day in thankfulness, or that’s how it’s supposed to go. Truly what the day is spent doing is watching sports, eating pie, and getting ready for the looming black friday shop-a-thon. Yes on that day we may write a list of what we’re thankful for and share it around the table. Our kids might write things they’re thankful for on construction paper turkey feathers. But on the day that we’re supposed to be so thankful it turns into any other day, just on this day we have to wear our stretchy pants.
Truthfully I think that God sees it as any other day. We bow our heads at dinner and say a quick, “thank you” but when the truth of our hearts are revealed, it’s like any other day. Normal days you wake up and maybe thank God for letting you see another morning. Then you might thank him when you notice that the gray hairs are less noticeable today than other days. During lunch you might Thank God that McDonalds accidentally gave you that extra chocolate chip cookie so you don’t have to feel overly regretful about breaking your diet. The afternoon snowballs and besides a sarcastic “Thank God” when the super slow mobile in front of you moves out of your way, you may not really have time to thank God again until supper. If your family meal is anything like mine than the prayer is filled with either giggles or a sincere thank you for the dinosaurs that wear purple tutu’s. At night we fall in bed and say a quick prayer and then it’s over again until the next morning.
Thanksgiving is no different because our thankfulness is sometimes empty or a tradition more so than truth.
God gave his gift to you regardless of your thankfulness on any day or holiday. But there are so many things every single day that we take for granted. So many days that we just over look the little tiny things that added together make a major thing.
This year I’m going to try not to worry about spending time with family, how big my rear will look in the family pictures or what items in my family’s house will my kids dismantle. This year I’m going to try and focus on the things that I really am thankful for. There’s a place with God that I’ve been trying to get back to for awhile. One of the steps I need to take is thanking Him for all the steps He’s walked with me so far and for the steep climb that I see coming but I know it’s not alone.
This thanksgiving, what will you be thankful for?