We take time once a year to celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a day to count our thankfulness to God in so many ways. Taking time to really ponder our blessings fills our hearts with Thanks, and then giving.
It doesn’t take but a photo of war torn cities to be grateful for not having bombs go off in our country. It doesn’t take but a photo of poverty stricken areas to be grateful for the meal on our tables. It doesn’t take a child’s hand begging on a street corner to be grateful for a job, or even the welfare structure of our country. Homeless people sleeping in tents can make us grateful for a roof over our head. We may not have everything we yearn for. But we have what we have. It’s the start point of gratitude for God.
Taking time to praise God begins to fill us with love for God and all He does for us. We have access through Jesus to peace that passes understanding, to hope because of His faithfulness to us. We know our prayers are heard. We believe the Bible when it says, God is for us. These truths begin to fill us with gratitude—to the point of spilling over. This point of overflowing is where the convergence of thankfulness turns to giving. As we realize our gratefulness, we turn to give out.
Does our giving outweigh our thanks this Thanksgiving? It doesn’t have to be monetary. It could be graciousness to a difficult relative. It could be the gift of forgiveness to an old wound or new offense. It could be letting people work out their relationships with God with silent prayer and love. It could be simply showing up. It could be loving again where love has been abused or misunderstood. In choosing to love, we love wisely. We love on God’s terms. But the choice to address the issue and choose love (including tough love) once again is often costly. Yet this sacrificial giving of love is noted in heaven and joined with supernatural power to join in your choice to give.
Let’s let our giving outweigh our thanks this year.