Today is Thanksgiving Day. Food, family and football will once again be on the agenda of many (trust me that it is on mine!). Kids are out of school, many business are closed and the pace of our nation seems to slow down just long enough for people to hopefully be thankful.
The stress and the rush of preparation seems to fade quickly as families gather around a table to share a meal.
This year, in addition to reflecting on WHAT I am thankful for, I am taking time to think through WHY I am thankful.
It is probably somewhat easy to come up with a list of things that we are thankful for.
Family, friends, homes, food, salvation, freedom, grace, the Seahawks beating the 49ers on Thanksgiving Day (fingers crossed)…
But WHY am I Thankful?
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Am I full of thanks today because things have gone the way I wanted or the way I planned them out? Am I thankful because because the “pros” have outnumbered the “cons” in the past few months? Am I thankful because, compared to many around the world, I am in a “better condition”?
The WHY of thankfulness is much deeper than our list of things. Living a life of Thank You goes beyond a Thursday of November food and football.
Here is WHY I am thankful: I don’t deserve any of this.
My actions, wisdom or effort is not the source of any of the blessings in my life. Every blessing is simply and profoundly a gift of God’s grace toward me through Jesus Christ.
WHAT I am thankful for will come and go. Some will remain the same, but others will change. WHY I am thankful is much more lasting.
I have much to be thankful for this year. My guess is that you do as well.
But, WHY are you Thankful?
Share your thoughts. I would love to hear your ‘WHY’!