Dear Church Family –
One of the things our sin nature does to us is makes us whiners and complainers. Part of becoming like Christ and walking in the Spirit is learning to be thankful.
Thanksgiving draws us up to higher living. It makes us better. It purifies our aspirations and seasons our relationships. It brings us closer to God and makes us more stable, confident, and free-spirited people. It counters our natural sinful tendencies to “toxins of the spirit” like anger, worry, bitterness, discontent, and self-pity. That’s why God graciously gives us the prescription of 1 Thessalonians 5: “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess 5:16-18)
Since it is God’s will for us, it is possible, and preferable.
I was intrigued to come across a list of “15 things you might forget to be thankful for.”
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” (James 1:17)
“I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
I’m thankful for you and I’m looking forward to our Thanksgiving Day service tomorrow! - Pastor Tim