1 Chronicles 16:8 (erv)
As we ease into the month of November, I want to start preparing my heart for Thanksgiving, and getting ready to treat it differently this year.
The holidays have a way of flying by, and our culture has moved to a place where we go from Halloween to Christmas, often times, skipping over Thanksgiving completely, except for the few short hours we spend a year’s worth of savings to go on a shopping spree.
But Thanksgiving has a really important place in our lives as Christians; not because of turkey or traditions, but because of the gratitude we need to constantly focus on. Today, let’s begin to prepare our hearts and minds for this upcoming season with a devotional shared in the Bible app called “12 Days of Thanksgiving“, written by Shannon Roberts.
“As Thanksgiving Day approaches many are pondering all they are grateful and thankful for. Both Thanksgiving and thankful hashtags will be attached to millions of images for the social media to peruse. But there is one image I pray is at the forefront of many of our minds as we approach Thanksgiving: Christ, the Savior of the world, dying for you and me, creating a way. A way for us to not only lay hold of the promise of Heaven after our earthly journey is over, but a way for us to usher in God’s Kingdom here on earth.
Because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, we certainly can proclaim the greatness of the Lord and let the WHOLE WORLD know what He has done! In fact, be challenged to take a moment today and reflect on ALL the Lord has done in your life. Once you’ve spent a few minutes there, take a few more minutes to ponder how what He has done in YOUR life had a positive impact on the lives of those around you.
Then, share with others and live 1 Chronicles 16:8 out, letting your whole world know what He has done. Finally, go to the Lord with praises and prayer. Seeking nothing other than to let Him know how thankful you are for all He is done, all He is doing, and all He will do – with an alert mind and a thankful heart!”
What are you thankful for today? What would you like to spend more time and energy focusing on this season?
For a thankful heart.