I don’t have to be thankful anymore, Thanksgiving is over!
You probably noticed a trend on Facebook this month that probably happened last year too and will probably happen again until Facebook is no longer the cool kid anymore. Almost every day I saw a slew of posts giving thanks for different things. Each day people tried to give thanks for one thing in their life. Some of the posts were cute, some were sappy and some were a wee bit materialistic. Most people tried to thank every important person in their life and others seemed to be thankful for what they had (house, family, etc).
I’m not going to lie, I got kind of annoyed by this. Not because people shouldn’t be thankful for what they have, but more because this is really the only month that I have seen a lot of it. Why aren’t we thankful everyday of the year? Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t want to see everyone posting something they are thankful for on facebook every day because that would just get annoying and commonplace, but do we spend a decent amount of time during the other 11 months of the year to truly think about how blessed we are.
My pastor last week reminded us that no matter how much money we make or don’t make, we are far better off than most people in the world. The fact that I can sit at a coffee shop on my somewhat new laptop drinking some fancy coffee should tell you that I am privileged. It’s not wrong to be privileged, but it does give us more responsibility to be conscious of what we have to be thankful and not ignore what has become expected in our culture.
Last week I read a tweet from one of my friends that said, “Interesting idea: instead of saying on Facebook you’re thankful for someone — go tell them yourself. Chances are, it’ll mean a lot more.” He couldn’t have said it better. Posting on facebook is a good way to publicly thank someone, but go up to them, give them a hug and thank them personally. A thank you note can mean a ridiculous amount too! Both will stay with them forever. I don’t think you will ever hear someone say I wished I had said more about them on facebook at a funeral. You might hear them say, I wished I said thank you in person though.
Beyond the impact it can have on people in person, God commands us to give thanks. I’ll put a few of them below, but lets all try to change our words and actions to show our appreciation to the people in our lives and to God for blessing us, this month and every month of the year.
30 I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
1 Corinthians 1:4
4 I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 15:57
57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:14-16
14…because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day
19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
3 I thank my God every time I remember you.