If there is one sin that is far too prevalent today it is the sin of ingratitude, and it’s often characterized by the word entitlement. God does so much for us. Our indebtedness to Him is enormous and yet we rarely or at least infrequently offer thanks for what He has done. In fact, most professing Christians don’t even offer thanks over their meals. For a child of God, thankfulness is not confined to a day or a season, it is an attitude that we should have every day and every hour.
If you own one Bible, you are abundantly blessed, because a third of the people in the world do not have access to a Bible. If you awoke this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than 1 million people who will not survive the week.
If you have never experienced the danger of war, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation you are more fortunate than 500 million people on earth. If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, twenty dollars in your pocket and a place to sleep you are richer than 75 percent of the world.
O, God forgive me when I whine.
On Thursday we will be gathering together with our family and hopefully, we will remember to do more than eat a meal and watch football or make a mad dash for the stores. Thanksgiving gives us the perfect opportunity to transform our lives from those of griping and dissatisfaction to lives of joy and gratitude. Thanksgiving is a great time for us to turn the corner and become grateful people. God wants nothing more than for us to be people of thanksgiving and gratitude. “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever.”
Pastor Brian Richard