DayBreaks for 11/23/17: Thanksliving
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2007:
Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday of the entire year. The smells of Thanksgiving dinner that start early in the morning. The anticipation of the arrival of family. The joyful hugs of children and the encircling arms of my grandchildren around my neck. Turkey, dressing, green-bean and mushroom casserole, potatoes, cranberry sauce, pies and whipped cream topping. My mouth waters just to think of it!
And as much as I love those things about Thanksgiving, I’m sure that the real reason for Thanksgiving goes underappreciated year after year after year by most of us. Not that we don’t take time to give God thanks on this day, but we don’t take much time to do that compared to what we spend cooking, or even eating, the feast that His hand has provided. How much time do you spend eating or watching football on Thanksgiving day? How much time do you spend giving thanks to God?
I’m not saying that to make any of us feel guilty, it’s just an observation – and something I think we need to ponder. As much as God desires to hear our “Thank You, Father”, I think that if it comes to just saying thanks then we’ve missed the point. How can we practically demonstrate our thankfulness? It’s been said that the art of thanksgiving is in thanksliving. It is gratitude in action. That being the case, here’s some ideas on how we can really demonstrate that we understand what we’ve received and that we are thankful for it:
It is thanking God for the gift of life by living it triumphantly.
It is thanking God for your talents and abilities by accepting them as obligations to be invested for the common good.
It is thanking God for all that men and women have done for you by doing things for others.
It is thanking God for happiness by striving to make others happy.
It is thanking God for beauty by helping to make the world more beautiful.
It is thanking God for inspiration by trying to be an inspiration to others.
It is thanking God for health and strength by the care and respect you show your body.
Rudyard Kipling at one time was so popular that his writings were getting ten shillings per word. A few college students, however, did not appreciate Kipling’s writings; they facetiously sent him a letter and enclosed ten shillings. It read, “Please, send us your best word.” They got back a letter from Kipling that said, “Thanks.”
What a great word: “Thanks!” May we say, and live, it often not just on this one day a year, but constantly. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) – In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
PRAYER: There are not enough words in existence to give You due thanks, Father God. But today we’ll try to give You appropriate thanks by not just saying it, but by trying to live lives that demonstrate our gratefulness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.