In a Thanksgiving blog by Michael Hyatt there are some interesting points revealed about the holiday just passed. I am borrowing a few things from Michael to especially make the point that Christians are to be a thankful bunch, every day they live. Consider his points this weekend as the Thanksgiving holiday is giving way to the upcoming Christmas season.
He begins by saying the action of giving thanks to God should be paramount as a response to the things God has done for us. Giving thanks is also the very thing which makes us different from all other living creatures God made.
If you are a person that still believes in God as portrayed in Genesis, then you can easily understand how everything created is in debt to God for making it, including us. Michael points us to the scripture which states, "In Him we live and move and have our being." So if it's true what the blog and the scripture says to us, then the next statement is true, too. "Only people can offer thanks to God for life and every other blessing. "
Now, catch the truth Michael teaches us. "Humans alone have the capacity to realize that we enter the world with nothing and leave with nothing." So he's letting us know from our beginning at birth to our end at death, everything is a gift. And what is the response of someone receiving a gift? The fact that it is a gift demands our response of thanks. Nothing else God created possesses the capacity to express true thanksgiving. It's up to you and me.
Thanksgiving day was a wonderful time for our family. We couldn't all be together but those of us that gathered at my daughter's home, enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and lots of fellowship and football games, and laughter. Before our meal, we prayed a prayer of thanksgiving. God deserved that because we would not have been together, nor would we be alive without God and his gifts.
Can you imagine the difference that would be made in our world if we practiced this principle of being thankful people? It would keep our minds keen on the truth that it is God who is our source, not the government, not the boss, not even the inheritance.
Oh, one more thing. The primary thought that drew me to Michael's blog and to deciding to share it with you, was the title. It's a message in itself. "I THANK, THEREFORE IAM."