Thanksgiving is just a few days away and I’m super excited (even though I’m not going to be eating a lot of the food this year with my diet change). I love that people around the USA are taking time out of their lives to be thankful and appreciate the blessings, the people and the victories in their lives over the past year. As you get ready for Thanksgiving I want to reflect for just a moment with you on the words of Psalm 100:4-5:
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”
These may be words you heard at Church this week or read in another newsletter, blog post, or devotional. They’re probably nothing new. But I believe they’re a good reminder to us today that Thanksgiving and giving thanks is really a starting point. It’s how we’re to enter God’s presence, it’s how we’re to start the day, it’s how we’re to approach situations, it’s how we’re to see life: through the lens of blessing.
When we see life as a disaster just waiting to happen I don’t believe we’re giving God the credit for being the Awesome God He is, for begin a good God, for being a God who has our best interests at heart and knows the plans of blessing He has for us. Instead we’re immediately discrediting Him, and we’re putting ourselves at a disadvantage as well. When we’re expecting the bad, we can’t be open to the good. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather rejoice than cry over life.
Will you join me this week in being thankful for the blessings and potential blessings, rather than the bad stuff that hasn’t happened, and give God an opportunity to show His faithfulness to a new generation of people?