11/20 Special Column: Make much of the spirit of giving thanks

By ANITA BLAKE, Rehoboth Baptist Church

6:34 PM EST, November 21, 2013


It would appear that our culture is overlooking Thanksgiving and rushing us into the season of "getting". I want to encourage you to make much of the spirit of "giving thanks."

Our children are so blessed to have been born in this great country and to enjoy the freedoms and abundance that comes with being an American citizen. I encourage you to take this opportunity to make much of God's provision and His goodness. The Bible never exhorts us to "get all we can", but rather exhorts us to always give thanks to the Lord for His blessings upon us. Ephesians 5:20 (NLT) And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. A grateful heart will set our children apart from the culture and mark them in their attitude and their effectiveness on others for good.

The things that we have or strive to obtain materialistically will never satisfy us. Our greatest satisfaction in life comes from a grateful heart and a giving heart. The problem with focusing on what we get is that we never get enough. Paul says it all in Ephesians 5:1-5 (NLT) Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. 3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God's people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes-these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Happy Thanksgiving!