You Didn't Earn What You Thought…
Thanksgiving is the redheaded stepchild of holidays.
It’s not that we don’t celebrate it anymore. We just don’t focus on it the way we used to.
Thanksgiving falls smack dab in between the two holidays we drop the most cash on… Halloween and Christmas.
Once you hit late October, stores are making room for Christmas decorations and poor old Thanksgiving, with her turkeys, cornucopias, and pilgrims, has been all but forgotten.
I think that’s where many of us are: We’re forgetting to be thankful.
The question begs to be asked: Why?
Perhaps the answer is found in our sin, primarily in some foundational attitudes that have been sabotaging our lives.
Maybe we’re not as thankful as we should be because we actually think we deserve everything we have.
That’s the American Dream, right? We are all promised life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We can work hard and earn more money and buy bigger and better things.
That’s not what the bible tells us.
My friend Ronny says it this way: “The bible tells us that the only thing we’ve earned is a cross.” (Referencing Matthew 16:24)
When we think we’ve earned all that we’ve been given we won’t be thankful. We’ll be proud and entitled. We’ll fail to recognize that every good gift ultimately comes from Jesus (James 1:17).
Entitlement is sabotaging too many of our lives, because it is destroying our ability to be thankful.
The Scriptures free us to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess. 5:18)
I know what you’re asking (because I am too):
How can I thank God in a horribly difficult circumstance? When it’s all broken and messy how could I possibly rejoice?
And, my dear friends, you just diagnosed the attitude that’s sabotaging your life: entitlement. The assumption is that you deserve a good circumstance. That is not true. You deserve death (Romans 6:23).
Let’s rid ourselves of that attitude and focus on embracing a life of Thanksgiving.
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
For his steadfast love endures forever! “ – Psalm 107:1