When you serve a living God like mine, there is never really a time when you’re not compelled to be thankful. Every moment is usually a moment where you will come to the Father with thanksgiving because of all that He is and all that He does. Our thankfulness is such a delight to Him. He inhabits the praises of His people. Imagine how most fathers feel when their 4-year-old tells them “You’re a good dad!”
That is why Thanksgiving day is so important to me as a Christian. It is the time of year where I can completely indulge in how grateful I am for my God and what He’s done in my life and my family both natural and spiritual. It is a time where I can reflect on the year and what has come to pass. I can sit back and say “THANK YOU!” I can cook a meal with Him in mind and heart, plate the food, sit down and give Him glory and praise for all He has done, has not done, and continues to do.
As I sat down at the table and enjoyed the food around me, I reminisced about the things I had been through this year right to this very moment. I thought about the labor and the effort it took for me to put this meal together not only for myself but my family. And at that moment all I could do was exhale with a “Thank you, Lord!” I was also reflecting on the people eating His food, and the fact that He sustained our lives with the breath of life. Being able to open our mouths and say “Thank you!” and indulge in the food He has blessed us with was enough to be grateful and forever humble to who He is as King and Lord of our lives.
This year just showed me once again how good my Jesus is. How amazing He is! How strong He is! How loving He is! And how awesome He is! So I take this time to give all the thanks and all the praise that I can give. To be honest, it’s not enough. My thankfulness and utmost praise will never be enough to match all the things He has done for me but just taking the time to acknowledge that it was Him who did these things and that without Him I am nothing is enough because it is all I have. He is all I have. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul! Thank you, Jesus!
Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:3
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15