When things in life become expected, giving thanks becomes harder...
It seemed fitting to write about thankfulness, since Thanksgiving is only a few days away. I have been pondering what exactly that means to me. I think generally speaking, the most popular top five things to be thankful for are; family, health, shelter, food, and clothing. For the person who overcame illness or is currently fighting a disease...thankfulness for health. For the homeless man who will spend his Thanksgiving meal at a local shelter...thankfulness for food and shelter. For the solider who just returned from war...thankfulness for family. I've never done without or struggled in those particular areas. Because of that, I find it difficult at times to be truly thankful for those things in my life, as they have become somewhat expected.
Each time I pass by the decorated tree branch, I am reminded that those things listed will pass. They can tend to be earthly treasures that consume me. Although thankful that God has blessed us with such things, I strive to redirect my heart to Him. Thanking him for his unfailing love, guidance, and grace. What are you most thankful for in your life today? In what ways will that bring you closer to God?
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." Psalms 100:4 (NIV)