On the fourth Thursday of November, millions of families and friends gather together across America and give thanks to God for many things. This is a worthy activity that can be beneficial. But, as Christians, is this the primary time that we intentionally thank God for who He is and for what He has done for us? Could it be that God has called us to something more when He says to “give thanks in everything” (1 Thess. 5:18)?
I submit to you that the best way to “give” thanks is to “live” thankful lives. How can we do this? Yesterday, was Veteran’s Day and my Facebook news feed was filled with my friends giving thanks to those who have served in our military. It is very appropriate to thank those who have sacrificed for us by serving our nation. They are true heroes. However, how much more appropriate it is to “thank” them by the way we live. We can live thankful lives for our veterans by exercising our right to vote and for standing up for the freedoms that they fought to preserve.
This is similar to living lives of thanks to God. We can truly give thanks to God by obeying Him, having faith in His plan for our lives, and by sharing His love for a lost world. This year, may our thanksgiving be true thanksliving!