Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013

A-Thought-For-Thanksgiving

I spend my days with children.  Not just as a Mom of four but it’s what I do for a living.  I can tell you that after 20 years of working with children, one thing is very clear; as human beings, thankfulness does not necessarily come naturally.  Thankfulness has to be taught.  We as human beings are born self centered.  What do babies do?  Eat, sleep, and poop.  How do they get their needs met?  Demand by crying.

Once our children come out of infancy, we must start the process of thanksgiving.  If we don’t, these little darlings we call our children become self centered, demanding, and often rude little people.  “I want a drink!”  is a phrase I hear often.  My response is always “How do we ask when we want something?”  Most of the little children I work with know what I’m asking for and will repeat what I am trying to teach them, “May I have a drink, please?”  “Why, yes!” I reply.  “Thank you for using your manners!  That is so much nicer.”  Then I start the process all over again with ‘Thank you’.  My own children know if they do not say thank you for the thing that was given to them, they may end up empty handed until they show gratitude and thankfulness for having received it.

One of the best compliments I get as a mother is when people say to me “Your children are so polite.”  What saddens me is that they are almost surprised by it.  Politeness, pleases and thank yous, used to be a norm.   Anyone who works in retail knows that is no longer true in today’s society.  Retail is a thankless job.  If we don’t spend this time expecting thankfulness from our children they grow into “entitled” people.

Recently my Pastor was teaching  on “The Ways of God.”  In John 14:6-7, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me.  Now that you have known me,” he said to them, “you will know my Father also, and from now on you do know him and you have seen him.”

What is a way?  Way means habit of your life; a course or direction; a practiced course of action; a frequently traveled path.

When we walk in fullness of life in Christ we know we are to be filled with thanksgiving always.  Colossians 2: 6-7 says “Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him.  Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught. And be filled with thanksgiving.”

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” ~ W. T. Purkiser 

As we approach November most everyone naturally starts to think about the blessings in their lives.  I know on Facebook some people make it a daily status to say what they are thankful for.   In all honesty, being thankful on a daily basis is a lot of work.  I know, I’ve tried to do the 30 days of thankfulness and some days I just simply forget.  Most of us have such busy lives we forget to take those moments to be thankful.  Being thankful goes beyond just saying please and thank you.

That is why it is so important for us to make thanksgiving a Way in our life.  When thanksgiving becomes a practiced course of action, it becomes natural.  It’s a heart attitude.  It’s how we live our lives, give of ourselves to those around us.  When we are continually thankful for the blessings in our lives, we see more opportunities for us to give to those around us… and not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We are looking for ways to bless others daily because we are aware of all that God has given us.

Maine Conservative would like to wish each and everyone of you a blessed Thanksgiving.  May God Bless your time with your family and friends at this special time of year.

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