Servant of the King
Hello brothers and sisters! I have missed you, and I sincerely apologize for taking so long to write another blog post. I just didn’t do a very good job of keeping up with it. Nevertheless, we are back in action. It’s good to see you today!
In this post I want to discuss the upcoming holiday. You know the one where all the families get together, we share stories, there is great food, and it’s a blast. Yea, I’m talking about Thanksgiving! I was realizing the other day that this is almost becoming the forgotten holiday. It’s just kind of there now.
Before I move forward, this post is not in any type of way anti-Christmas. I love Christmas! It is the day we celebrate my Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. That is an amazing time, no doubt!
Here is the problem. We have forgotten the purpose of Thanksgiving, which is coincidentally right there in the name. As Americans and as Christians, we have forgotten how to be thankful and joyful about the things we already have. Look at what’s going on the television ever since Halloween ended. It’s all about getting more things. Look what millions of people are doing the day of Thanksgiving itself – preparing to go to war on Black Friday.
Not only have we forgotten the purpose of Thanksgiving, but our culture has perverted the purpose of Christmas. In reality, shouldn’t it be another day of Thanksgiving? Rejoicing that a Savior was born and celebrating the opportunity of eternal life. It’s hard to get in that mindset when we skip over the actual day of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is simply a day to remind us of the position our hearts should be taking every single day of the year. We should be constantly giving thanks to the Lord for all He has done. Check out 1 Chronicles 16:34, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Colossians 3:17, Psalms 100:4, Psalms 106:1, Psalms 107:1, and the list can go on.
As Christians, our lives should revolve around being thankful for all God has done and is still doing. I have realized, at least for myself, it is hard to give thanks when your heart and eyes are more concerned with worldly gains.
So I have a challenge for you. First of all, DO NOT stop celebrating Christmas. That is a crucial holiday, and this post is in no way intended to take away from that.
Secondly, re-evaluate yourself. Have you also forgotten the importance of being thankful?
Last challenge – skip the day of shopping. Stay at home an extra Friday to be thankful for what you already have and take a long look at what God has done. Temporary deals aren’t worth sacrificing eternal joy and gratefulness.
I hope this post pushes you a little bit, and at least causes you to take a look at our current situation. I want to be part of a body of Christ that is already so overwhelmed and overjoyed with the things God has given. I don’t want our body to have a wandering heart, or greedy eyes. I love you all, and I want to enjoy the love of Jesus with you all. Have an awesome day!