Like Joe and Lindsey, I love Thanksgiving. It was great once again to just spend yesterday with family and friends, many of whom I only get to see once or twice a year. It was a day of just relaxing, enjoying some great food, watching football, and taking time to share things we are grateful for and pray together. So the question I was thinking about for today is, how do we keep this grateful spirit on the other 364 days of the year. Afterall, I’m pretty sure that God’s word challenges us to ‘give thanks in all circumstances’ and to ‘overflow with thanksgiving’.
As I was thinking about this I went back to the very beginning of the Bible where there is an encounter between Adam and Eve and the serpent, satan. It says this in Genesis 3:1 ‘Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” What was Satan getting at there? He was basically suggesting to Adam and Eve that God was holding out on them. He got them to take their eyes off of ALL the amazing blessings that God had given them and he got them obsessing and lusting and longing for the one thing that God withheld from them, the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
I’m pretty sure he is still very much employing this same tactic today. Every day we are bombarded with commercials, billboards, and magazine ads that try and convince us that we are imcomplete unless we buy the product they are selling us. Their product will make us truly happy and change our life. He constantly tries to get us focusing on our neighbor’s house or car, or lifestyle and the next thing we know our hearts are ravaged by envy and discontentment. I challenge you to arm yourself with gratefulness before you face your day every morning. Make a discipline of enjoying and meditating on all that you HAVE so that you don’t get swallowed up in discouragement in fretting over what you DON’T HAVE.