Celebrating a day to give thanks is an annual tradition and holiday in several countries around the world.
A few weeks ago, I listened to a speech by a young man who was encouraging his listeners to adopt a lifestyle of giving thanks. I was excited for this speech but the more he progressed the sadder I became.
To summarise, he woke up one day and decided that he was going to give thanks to everyone who made it possible for him to get a cup of coffee each morning. This new life goal took him all over the world and allowed him to meet many different groups of people.
At no time in his 25 minute speech did he thank God!
It left me stumped! After all, it is only by the grace and abundant blessings provided by the Creator which allowed him to even get his coffee.
“Has not my hand made all these things,
and so they came into being?”
declares the Lord.
“These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word.” Isaiah 66:2
But even as I was sad and then upset about his speech, I recognised very quickly that even I have this issue. I don’t live a continually thankful life. Every day I listen to the news and my heart weep for those that are facing hardship. I have water, food, shelter, freedom of speech, health, life, friends, family…. And the list goes on. But yet I take it all for granted.
Food for thought: Are you taking your blessings for granted? How much have you received and still expecting to get? Give thanks. Give thanks.
Prayer: Forgive us Father for we have sinned. Amen
May God’s grace, mercy and peace be with you.