Thankfulness After the Turkey is Gone

{Today, just for fun, a walk down memory lane with an article I wrote for my college newspaper (The Baylor Lariat)—which is awkwardly akin to hearing your own voice on the radio. But sweet nonetheless! X, O, and blessings!}

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In the spirit of giving thanks…

We are told whenever life throws us a curve to “count our blessings.” At which point most of us typically toss up a quick prayer in Heaven’s direction, halfheartedly thanking that “big Man up there” for our dogs and grandmas. Then it’s right back to the pity party which is being gloomily thrown in our honor.

Let’s try something different for a change, especially in light of the present holiday season.

Making a list of all that you are thankful for is a sure cure for the blues. Think about all the ways God has blessed you throughout your life.

Think of how each and every drop of life God has poured into you has contributed to the person you are today.

This includes the little things and the hard lessons learned, because the Lord disciplines those He loves.

Thank Him for the fluttering fall leaves, which signal a holiday break from normalcy.

Thank Him for the time you pocketed that piece of taffy and your parents made you personally return it to the store manager, because of all that incident taught you in the long run.

Thank Him for your dear friend Nancy’s ringing laugh that makes you smile sincerely every time you hear it.

Thank God simply for His undying faithfulness.

Job serves as the ultimate example of thanksgiving in the midst of turmoil. Satan took away his family, his land, his health and his very comfort. His wife urged him in Job 2:10, “Are you still holding onto your integrity? Curse God and die!”

He answered her in a verse meant for the whole of mankind: “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?”

Job had lost absolutely everything but his trust in God. However, this was all he ever needed, and for this he was eternally thankful. Job 1:21 says, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. May the name of the Lord be praised.”

 In all things, we are to praise the God that gave us life. Once you’ve gotten in the spirit of giving thanks, truly ponder all that Christ did for you on that wretched tree.

He suffered unspeakable torture.

He bled streams of crimson and cried tears of compassion or those that hurt Him, because they knew not what they did.

And at times we actually convince ourselves that we have nothing to be thankful for. But God loves us anyway.

Talk about things to be thankful for.

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