An Attitude of Thanksgiving
There are hundreds of holidays throughout the year, some nationally celebrated and others unknown to the majority of the American population. From January to December our calendar encourages us to celebrate a different aspect of our society each day. For example, June 22nd is Take Your Dog to Work Day, April 23rd represents Talk Like Shakespeare Day, February 11th is Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, and, my personal favorite, Star Wars Day on May 4th (May the 4th be with you). This week Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving, a holiday focused on being thankful for what we have. But do we really do that?
Thanksgiving originated in 1621, which was the Pilgrims’ second year in America. During a devastating winter with little to no food and shelter, God provided. Weak, sick and dying the Pilgrims desperately cried out for help. God answered and cared for His people through an Indian tribe. They were taught to grow crops, hunt, and use the land around them. The Pilgrims were so thankful for these new skills that they celebrated for three days through prayer and feasting. This historical event was not just a way to say thanks to the Indians but also to God.
For a lot of people, Thanksgiving has become a time to eat and watch football but they forget about the most important part, thanking God for his many blessings and continued guidance.
This year we have a choice. There will always be disappointments in life, situations to complain about, and people who irritate us but there is also happiness and joy in God. From food and shelter to friends and family, God has provided for our every need. We need to be like the Pilgrims and thank God for the blessings He has graciously given us. However, this attitude of thanksgiving should reach beyond one day of the year.
Thanking God should be done everywhere and every day and should not be limited to one day. God provides for us 365 days of the year! He protects us, encourages us, guides us, and loves without ceasing so why should we stop thanking Him? As thanksgiving approaches take a few minutes to consider your blessings and continually thank God for them with the same sincere attitude the Pilgrims did.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
WNZR is thankful for your prayers and support this holiday season! I hope that you enjoy your time with family and friends and I encourage you to spread an attitude of thanksgiving throughout the week.
Co-Host of The Morning Thing