Be Thankful TO Not FOR

thanksThis title doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, does it? Just hang on tight, and I will explain. I sat in church one Sunday, listening to our pastor explain how to is greater than for. This phrase really didn’t make much sense until he began to expound on it.

As Christians, we are easily caught in the whirlwind of being thankful for things, but exclude God from the picture. We are thankful FOR our home, FOR our car, FOR our clothes, FOR our food … but we don’t take as much time being thankful TO God for these things.

We are thankful for the things because they make our lives easier, better, more comfortable, etc., but we are so busy being thankful for the things that we don’t well up in gratitude to God.

Am I saying that to be thankful for things is a bad habit? No! God gave you those things. You should recognize and appreciate them. However, it’s more important to be thankful to God, than to be thankful for the things He has given us.

Things are great. We’ve got lots of things. On Thanksgiving Day, abundance will surround us. Abundance from God. So, let us be careful that we aren’t just full of thankfulness for the things, but also full of thankfulness to God.

Let’s get to know more of who God is this Thanksgiving Day. Let’s be overwhelmed by His holy character full of love, grace, joy, and forgiveness. Let us be overwhelmed by a God who carries us through the valley of the shadow of death, who provides hope in the driest of seasons, and who stays with us deep in the trenches of life.

Let’s spend this special holiday overflowing with thankfulness to God instead of only expressing thankfulness for things. It will be one of your best Thanksgivings if you take the time to think of God, who He is, all He has done, and how He will be faithful tomorrow, next week, and all the days to come!

I know that I will be spending my Thanksgiving, reminding myself to give praise to God! Oh, it’s going to be a wonderful day, my friends!

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your family. Eat lots of food.

And remember to be thankful to God, the Great I AM.

In Christ,

Sierra Straightforward

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