Id like to begin with a confession. I dont like cranberries, and I am that guy that eats ALL of the dinner rolls. I have a problem.
No, but really, here is my real confession. I really suck when it comes to holidays. I tend to forget to think about veterans much on veterans day, Im more worried about if Ive purchased gifts for everyone and their Mother on Christmas, and I rely on a notification on my phone to remind me when Fathers Day is.
I find myself really bitter with the commercialism of each holiday, specifically Thanksgiving and its evil greedy rival that lives next store.
First of all, our students at TFH challenge me daily. So thankful I get to lead and serve with them.
After reading this, I found myself starting to thank God for the things in my life that would make me really upset if they were not there when I woke up. You know, my family, my friends, my car, my guitar, Nutella..
And then suddenly I realized that if I were to wake up and those were all the things that were there, I would not be happy. It isnt a problem with the question, but a problem with what I am thankful for. James writes that
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17 ESV)
God is the source from who all the things we are blessed with come from. The roots of our gratitude should always travel out of who he is and what he has done.
So, if I was to wake up one morning with great things but without the source, Id be incredibly discontent. But if I was to wake up with nothing but the source, Id consider myself blessed. At least I hope. Would you?
Happy Thanksgiving. Im incredibly thankful for each and every one of you. Go stuff your faces.