Thursday – November 23, 2023

Zechariah 2-5; Psalm 93; 1 John 3

by Becky Hill Martin

1 John 3:18-19
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.

Once a year, our whole country stops to give thanks. That day just happens to be today. Before you get out of bed to throw the turkey in the oven or unwrap the pre-cooked turkey you’re going to pass off as your own, press reset and start counting your blessings. Even Christians need a reminder to give thanks regularly. We must practice gratitude consistently to develop it consciously.

To show gratitude every day, we need to remember every good thing in your life, ever, is a gift from God (James 1:17). Your life itself and every second of that life is a gift. You didn’t do anything to earn these gifts – God just chose to give them to you.

We don’t think about the magnitude of the gifts we’ve been given until they’re gone. When did you give thanks for the ability to hear your wife ask you to take the trash out (for the 5th time)? Or for your ability to walk to that trashcan? Without being thankful, you can’t really enjoy your gifts or use them for His glory.

What about when you think there’s nothing to be thankful for? Very few of us have the patience of Job when life keeps pulling the rug out from under us. Remember – the Lord promises to use everything for our good. God works through all circumstances. If you keep that in mind, you can give thanks for circumstances that seem bad because you trust that God will eventually use that situation for good.

Giving thanks reminds us that God is good and that we can trust Him with our requests. My prayer request is for all of us to grow in gratitude this Thanksgiving. That we will continue to give thanks every day. And that we will show Truth in our actions by appreciating what we actually have, being content and thankful.