Thankful. What does that word mean to you?
My old trusty 1945 dictionary defines it as “grateful”. It’s the season of thanks. In 48 hours, we American’s will sit at the table of family/friends and feast on the abundance. It is Thanksgiving. A nationally recognized holiday created to give thanks for divine goodness.
For the month of November, my children have been working on a “Thankful Pumpkin”. Each day we write things that we are thankful for. As we are now on day 20, we are trying hard to not repeat any items. It is becoming difficult. Granted, I am working with a 9, 6, 3, and 2 year old, but still the task is becoming slightly laborious.
For several weeks I led morning devotionals on Instagram reflecting on the book of Colossians and being “thankful”. This word is surrounding me a lot in this season. Psalm 100 reminds me to enter His gates with thanksgiving. I have been asking myself if I truly am thankful in my words and praise to My Father? As I am thinking of more and more items to include on the “Thankful Pumpkin”, why do I have to stop and think for a bit before writing?
I believe that being thankful is more than a season. (That was not new revelation; I know). We say it, but we don’t live it. I don’t live it. The word “thanks” is mentioned over 100 times in the Bible. It is repetitive in scripture; old and new testament. Paul tells us in Colossians 4 that our speech should always be gracious. Friends, I have got to work on my language. On my heart. On my relationships. On my time with God. I have got to season THE WHOLE YEAR with thanksgiving. I should be able to easily list 30 things to be grateful for without even a pause. It should just flow right out of me. I know that despite what any of us are going through, there are 30 things (and more) that we are thankful (grateful) for. There is so much divine goodness in my life, I need more than a day to recognize it. I need everyday.
This is a short blog with a short charge… can you extend your thanksgiving? Will you take the challenge to season your life with thanksgiving everyday, not just one day? Make thanksgiving a lifestyle, not a holiday.
If you are reading this blog, I am thankful for you. Even if I don’t know you, I am thankful.