Every year, one day is dedicated to giving thanks to the Lord for all that he has done for us. In reality, we need to thank him everyday.
When we look around us, we see in the news the many tragedies that other people may suffer and we may realize that there is someone who is more unfortunate than us. Some of us have may have jumped on the pity wagon because of our circumstances and may not be able to escape the merry-go-round of ungratefulness. Our spiritual eyes are not open so we do not see the miracles and blessings that take place in our lives on a regular basis. We embark on a consciousness of self-pity, despondency, depression, apathy, suicidal tendencies, self-destruction, and irresponsibility.
What I have described is the unsaved soul, the one that does not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Jesus is here to set us free from this destructive behavior. The unsaved soul has been listening to the lies of the enemy, the devil, who is busy trying to keep us from knowing Jesus who can set us free form his lies.
The book of Romans begins with a discussion on those who are ungrateful, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations,and their foolish heart was darkened,” Romans 1:21. These are people who do not give God the glory, neither do they thank him for what they have. They do not realize that this is the reason for all their failures and problems in life. They are vain in their imaginations.
All we have to do is begin by focusing on the little things we have; we can breathe, we wake up every morning, we can find food, in most cases, we can learn things from books in schools, libraries, and book stores, for free, if we do not have money! We have a dog or cat who loves to see us when we come home. We have a son or daughter or nephew or grandmother who is crazy about us. We have a free bus ride or a hat and coat. There is so much for which to be grateful to God, who provides all of our needs and to Jesus who saves us. Happy Thanksgiving!