Thanksgiving Day is my favorite of all holidays. Christmas is a wonderful holiday too, but too commercialized. But all holidays are, even Thanksgiving. On the fourth thursday of November, the entire country stops to give thanks for our many blessings. Some people are grateful only for the family dinner and the football games. some are grateful for having the day off from work. Some unfortunates are thankful for those churches and organizations for a warm meal, and a place to get warm. A host of reasons are mentioned. The addicts and alcoholics in AA/NA, and other recovery programs have learned to live a life of gratitude and thankfulness, coming from a living hell, into a life of serenity and joy. If you really understand true thankfulness and express your gratitude with action, like the recovering with addictions, you'll never be the same.
I realize not everyone is thankful. Some choose to live life as a victim. "I never had loving parents," or "if I had their money," are statements you hear from people with a victim mentality. They tend to be critical and scornful toward others they feel are above them in the food chain. And their is nearly no generosity unless they are seen by others, when they help out in a cause or a financial gift. What an unhappy existence! I notice that they are talked about with regularity when they aren't present. They tend to be friendless, and don't even realize the darkness they dwell in.
You don't have to live this way, no matter what your past may be.
..."in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ
concerning you." 1 Thes. 5:18 (NKJV)
"Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving."
We have so much to be thankful for. Temporary setbacks can darken our minds to seeing the good in life, and the great things we have. Having a place to live, clothing, food, transportation, a job, and the list can be endless, with a proper perspective. If from where you stand you can't see a reason to be thankful...change where your standing. Don't forget to be thankful daily, and in a short time, that will become a part of you. You will be contageousl around others, your children and loved ones will want to have that same enthusiastic approach to life.
Who are you thankful to? The pilgrims? The forefathers which laid the foundation of freedoms? Those who are unbelievers say they're thankful...but to whom? I am grateful to the originator of all things. I am thankful that He is mindful of me and all I do. I am thankful for His love and grace, and that He pais the ultimate price for me to have eternal life through Christ. All else is secondary, but nonetheless, I'm thankful!
One last thing. I'm very thankful for your taking the time to read what I'm writing about. When I see you out at the store, or at work, etc, your comments are so kind. And you who give me a like on FB, or on this page below, I appreciate it too. I have wanted to chill it and maybe work on some ebook ideas, and that I will do. But your comments keep me encouraged to continue. If you do like what you read, please give me a like below, or on FB. May the Lord bless and keep you all, Keith.