In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Happy Thanksgiving, PCC!
We’ve arrived at the best time of the year – the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Tomorrow, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, we’ll tend to focus on our blessings and giving thanks for God’s goodness. While that is certainly a great thing, it is not the best thing. The only thing better than Thanksgiving is Thanks-living!
Regardless of the day or the situation, God wants us to be thankful. Why?
- Thanks-living tells God we trust Him, no matter how deep the problems or how dire the circumstances. I heard once that “Thanks is faith turned inside out.” Faith is God’s love language!
- Thanks-living changes our countenance and outlook. I have a friend who, when I ask how he’s doing, answers, “Fantastic!” And he means it. That doesn’t mean his life is void of challenges, but his focus is eternal, and in light of what is true of him (and us) in Christ, how can we be anything but fantastic? That friend is one of the most joyful and impactful people I know.
- Thanks-living opens the door for God to work. As we begin to live a life of thankfulness to God, He begins to work, even through the toughest trials and tests of faith. In Acts 16:25, Paul and Silas, after being beaten and thrown into prison, began singing a hymn of praise to the Lord. And when they finished singing, the jailhouse rocked and the prison doors were opened. Mark it down: God does miracles when we choose to thank Him and praise Him, even in the deepest, darkest pit.
As you gather tomorrow with friends, family, or both, don’t forget to give thanks! And can I challenge us all for the remainder of 2019 to discipline ourselves to live thanks?
This Sunday we turn our focus to Immanuel — God came to earth! Our Advent Series is entitled Christmas Presence. Each week, we will walk with people who experienced Immanuelism (an encounter with Jesus) and discover what they needed to let go of in order to embrace Christ. Katy Langley will kick us off this Sunday focusing on letting go of stuff. Read ahead in Mark 10:17-27.
Please know how thankful I am for you! I love being your pastor!