It’s the “season” to be thankful. I know that you aren’t thankful only at Thanksgiving, but I think we need to focus a little more on being thankful this year than we have in years past.
This year? Really? The year of Covid19, lockdowns, political mayhem, riots, and unprecedented social upheaval? You’re saying we should be thankful for all of that!?
Well, maybe not all those things specifically, but then again, Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” It’s hard to be thankful when Covid19 takes a family member or friend. It’s hard to be thankful when we watch our country coming apart at the seams during a presidential election. It’s hard to be thankful when you get laid off because your company is having to cut back. Hard…but not impossible.
Here’s what I mean:
Being thankful may mean finding someone who is struggling with something in their life and you making an effort to help them in the struggle. Being thankful may mean going home from work a little early to spend time with your spouse and kids (because you’re way too busy). Being thankful may mean getting on the phone and talking to your aging parents on a consistent basis.
So, with all that in mind, how can you demonstrate your thankfulness today… this week… this month?