I’m encouraged by all my Facebook friends who are participating in “DAYS OF THANKSGIVING” this year! I am uplifted by their daily FB posts of thanksgiving and gratitude!
It’s a tragic thing when “Thanksgiving Day” becomes simply one day out of the year… even more tragic when it is secularized to become “Turkey Day”!! It ought to at least be a “season” … no, better yet it needs to become a “life attitude” and practice EVERY day of the year!! … “THANKSLIVING!”
This morning part of my Bible reading was 1 Chronicles 29.10-13… Part of David’s prayer after personally giving generously for the construction of the temple and also urging the people he led to give generously for the project his son Solomon would carry to completion… I read his words and decided I want to make them my mantra this Thanksgiving season…
“Praise be to you Lord…from everlasting to everlasting! Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor! Everything in heaven and earth is Yours! … You are exalted as Head over all! Wealth and honor come from You; You are ruler of all things! In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give You thanks and praise Your glorious name!”
Following this David simply acknowledged “Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand!” He went to pray, “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity! All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have see with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to You… Keep these desires and thought in the hearts of Your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to You!” (From 1 Chronicles 29.14-20 NIV)
What a noble attitude! What a wonderful desire! I want it to be mine! I want it to captivate my heart and carry me from Thanksgiving to Christmas, then on up to the New Year and through the rest of my life!! Don’t you! … “THANKSLIVING!”