The Reason for the Season // Thanksgiving

Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I know we've all heard the cliché "give thanks in everything" talk, but sometimes I think we forget just how important it is.

Thanksgiving is a specific day during the year where we give thanks to God for the things He's given us. But as Christians, we should have Thanksgiving every day of the year. Because shouldn't we be thankful to God every day?
Thankfulness stems from your heart. Sure, you can say thank-you (and you should!) but do you really mean it? Are you saying thank-you out of a heart full of gratitude, or because it's just what you're suppose to do?

We can say the right things that indicate we're thankful, and we can fool all the people around us. But God is not fooled.
"...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." ~ Matthew 12:34b KJV
Remember that God looks at the heart, not actions or words.

God calls us to live radically different lives than the world. Remember in the gospels where Jesus tells the crowd that we should love our enemies (Matt.5:44, Luke 6:27)? He says, Even the heathen love those that love them, but we're different than the heathen. We love those who hate us. Giving thanks for everything is kind of the same idea. Even the heathen give thanks for the good things in their lives, but what about the bad things that happen?

Christians should be different in the way we give thanks. We should be giving thanks, not only for the good things, but also for the bad things. Because we know that God works everything out for those who love Him!

When we encounter trials, we should be thankful that this is not our eternal home, and that God will somehow use a difficult trial to grow us.

I'm thankful for the bad times God has given me, because it's allowed me to rely on Him and it's grown me more into the person I am today.

There's two responses to trials: Either ask why and grow bitter, or trust and be thankful.
"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." ~Ephesians 5:20 KJV
Is giving thanks for trials easy? No, definitely not. Does it make sense? Not really. Something I love about the Bible - it can be pretty ironic sometimes. The first will be last, the weak are strong in God, and the foolish to the world are actually wise. Does any of that make sense? Not to us, but to God it does.

These days, we all have a sense of entitlement. We think we deserve x, y, and z, when in reality, we don't deserve anything. The entitlement mentality has robbed us of our gratitude. We take the things we see everyday; our house, our car, food, family; and we forget that they are actually great blessings that not everyone around the world enjoys!

We miss out on how extraordinary the ordinary things actually are. Gratitude makes us realize everything around us that we have to be thankful for.

When we live life with no expectations, we realize that every day is a gift.

"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." Psalms 100:4 KJV

So, what do you have to be thankful for?

Photo by Will Fuller on Unsplash


  1. Ooh, I loved all your thoughts on this, Ashley. A very good reminder to never take God's blessings for granted.

    1. Thank you, friend <3 You're always so sweet and encouraging!

  2. This was so great, Ashley! Thank you for the reminder. <3

    Love the blue and yellow header and button, btw! :D

    1. Thanks for reading, Faith!
      And thank you, Jon did them for me :P



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