Have a True Thanksgiving This Year

Philippians 4:10-20 (NIV)

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The original plan for the first Thanksgiving, held in the fall of 1621, was to celebrate a successful harvest with three days of fasting.  The pilgrim of Plymouth later decided to invite the Wampanoag tribe, who had helped them secure their footing in the New World, to join them for a feast instead.

Today, Thanksgiving weekend is also a three-day event.  It begins on Thursday when some of the most eager stores open up early for Black Friday.  Then, of course, there’s Black Friday proper and finally Cyber Monday.  Three days of shopping, splurging, and shoving.  Sandwiched in between is the turkey feast, but it’s difficult to recognize the spirit of those first pilgrims in our celebrations.

It’s estimated that there were only five women present among the fifty or so at the first Thanksgiving.  Most of the women, along with the many men and children, had died, either on the voyage over or during that first winter.  Yet those who survived gave thanks to God, recognizing His goodness despite their monumental losses.

This type of thankfulness and contentment is exactly what Paul describes, “whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”  Paul discovered that Jesus plus nothing is just as satisfying as Jesus plus everything.  Either way, there’s cause to be thankful.

As we move into our Thanksgiving holiday, I would like us to consider two questions:

  1. How was Paul able to be thankful even while in prison?
  2. What are some things you are grateful for this Thanksgiving?

A.W. Tozer once said, “Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and not be poorer, but richer for having made it.”  I agree with that 100%.  Gratitude does not have to be dependent on our situation or our current financial status.  Giving gratitude will always bring us up from wherever we find ourselves or whatever we find ourselves in.

I want to wish you and your families the very best this Thanksgiving holiday season.  Don’t eat too much.  Don’t watch too much football.  And certainly don’t spend your whole weekend shopping.  If you get a chance, take a moment and think back to the very first Thanksgiving and what it was really about.  Let’s get back to more of what that first celebration was like.  If we can do that, we can have a true Thanksgiving this year.

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Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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