The calendar has turned to November. The last of the Halloween candy has been devoured, and our kids may be returning to normalcy as the sugar tsunami starts to ebb. It seems as though the last three months of the year is one constant party, moving from the front porch, to the dinner table and finally to the family room to gather around the tree. For many – especially retailers – as soon as midnight strikes on October 31st, they whisk away the Halloween candy and replace it with stripped canes, and the jack-o’-lanterns are instantly replaced with Santas. Thanksgiving seems lost in the shuffle.
The truth is, that in our endlessly active lives, the same can be said. Sure, we take time out to say thank you to God, but because of the business of life these moments of gratitude seem to be more the exception than the rule. If things are not going as we hoped or planned, they may become rarer still.
As disciples of Jesus, we have much to be thankful for that has nothing to do with our circumstances. There are things we can always count on and be forever grateful for. Regardless of our stage in life or what we are facing, mountain or valley, we can confidently celebrate and proclaim God’s faithfulness. Among these are:
1) His Goodness – He is good, and His love endures forever. Everything we face is an opportunity
to be conformed to the image of Christ. Every blessing is a gift from the Father above.
God is good! (Psalm 34:8)
2) His Guidance – The Holy Spirit will guide us in all truth. Every question we have, every doubt,
every decision is an opportunity to be led by Him. He will never leave or forsake us.
God orders our steps! (Prov. 16:9)
3) His Grace – He forgives our sin and establishes us as his children through the work of Christ.
This will never be changed, lost, or defaulted on. The blood of Christ achieved it and the Holy
Spirit guarantees it.
We are His forever! (Romans 5:17)
What is left for us to do? Live out our gratitude. Live in peace and power and hope and joy. Live obediently. Love extravagantly. Proclaim our thanks to our Father who provides us with an everlasting hope and inheritance. Let us turn our eyes to Him and make Thanksliving our way of life, and not simply a once a year ritual.