Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Isn't Just a Day

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness stretches to all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5

          I love November. Each day of the month, people everywhere take time to open up their hearts and pour out their thanksgiving. Over the past few years, it has become a Facebook ritual to share with the entire world all the things for which one is thankful. I think this tradition is a beautiful one, reminding us of all the things we have that others may not or all the people in our lives who love and support us. I do worry, however, that it is, in fact, becoming just a ritual.

          As November comes to a close and December begins, I wanted to take the time to remind us all (even myself) that thanksgiving isn't one day to celebrate Native Americans helping pilgrims. It isn't one month where we choose thirty things/people for which we can be thankful. Thanksgiving is about a condition of the heart which transforms our lifestyles. Psalm 100 tells us that God's lovingkindness is everlasting, so shouldn't our thanksgiving be, too? 

          I picture the day we enter into Heaven's gates, and I've often imagined a scenario where people look at our Father and say, "Thanksgiving? But isn't November." While I'm quite positive that when we meet God in Heaven, we will be able to be nothing but thankful and full of praise, the question still remains: what is the condition of our hearts while we are here on Earth? Do we understand that the only God, the  mighty God, the everlasting God, provides for us and blesses us every day of our lives? Do we choose to slow down and take time to thank our Provider for all He does for us more than thirty days a year? Can we end every day truly saying that our hearts are full of thanksgiving and praise for a God whose love and kindness is everlasting?

          When we fill our hearts with thanksgiving, our lives become an offering to God. The things we do and say reflect our hearts, and what better way to honor God and all He does for us than by reflecting thankfulness? Our mouths will be full of hope and our actions will be full of joy because we know that God's love and His provision are everlasting. Remember that God doesn't pick one time a year to be faithful to us, and our gratefulness should echo that. Just because November is over doesn't mean our thanksgiving should be.

This devotional was written by Megan Forsyth Bolton. Feel free to share your thoughts with me a or find me on Facebook.