Live With Thanksgiving
by Noah Hefley
November 26, 2020
Let me begin by wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! This is the week, of course, we celebrate the Season of Thanksgiving, but each day we have every reason to live with thanksgiving. Here’s why: God’s goodness can be found everywhere in life if we will stop and think about it. In fact, the word thank comes from the Anglo-Saxon word think. So these two words are closely connected. Rightfully so, for if we are thinking, we will be thanking. Scripture says, “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5). Also, it says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6).
You may be thinking, “But there are some days when life brings storms…” True, and it may seem like you’ve had your share of them recently. But listen, even storms bring blessings. For instance, the rain brings refreshment to the plants and flowers. There is a cleansing and replenishing effect which comes with every storm. So even storms serve a redemptive purpose. In fact, every storm really ought to remind us of the goodness of the Lord and give us reason to pause and offer praise to our God.
Here’s what I’m saying: In good times and bad times, and really at all times, we should look for the goodness of the Lord. If we will do this, then it will give us a healthy outlook and help us practice what scripture teaches, “And forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2). So learn each day to—
1.Count your blessings in life
2.Collect memories of His mercies
3.Catalog His kindnesses to you
I hope you will do this and, by the way, today is an excellent day to begin this project of thanksgiving!
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