Thanksgiving – Giving ‘Thanks’ to Who?

It’s about 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning and I’m sitting in the dark at my son’s house attempting to write this little piece of inspiration for the moment that drives me. Today people will attempt to celebrate some form of Thanksgiving. We all know that the holiday has it’s origins in the early settlers of this country, who happened to be Christian. The holiday was no doubt an inspired expression by them to stop and give ‘thanks’ to the God of Bible.

It really drives me nuts to see how the world attempts to counterfeit versions of our Christian traditions and ceremonies. I won’t go into a major debate over ‘political correctness’, but the obvious strategy behind these facades is human pride.

Since the beginning of time, mankind has made it his lifetime goal to prove that he does NOT need God. In the Bible, in Genesis 3:4 it says:

4“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

As you can clearly see the temptation here is truly clear. The desire to be ‘like’ God is apparent throughout our human history as well as it is present in our personal lives. So with all of that said it still saddens me. Millions of people will wake up today and attempt to conceptually give ‘thanks’ to some idea or false truth, calling it ‘Thanksgiving’.

It says in the Bible in the book of John 1:1-4:

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

I too, have been guilty and succumbed to the temptations of ‘putting’ God outside my personal life and pulling Him out only when I needed Him. In short, our ‘thanks’ is not based on some idea but rather is directed to someone. That ‘someone’ is someone who created the earth, moon, and the stars. Most important of all, He created you!

The sun is slowly coming up now and soon the house will come alive with activity. My daughter-in-law has to get the turkey in the oven. My son will be about the house making sure that everyone in his house is comfortable. My two grandsons will jump from their beds with excitement and fire up their Xbox. My granddaughter will scream for her mother’s attention as she continues to stare at me and occasionally smiles because it’s becoming evidently clear to her that I am her grandfather.

My adult daughter will wake up and kiss me on the cheek like she has for the last 25 years of her life. I will listen, with pride, as my son-in-law explains the latest upgrades in his business. When I step back and look at what might appear to others to be minutia that is around me; I can’t help but say with a heart of gratitude, “thank you, Lord”.

Yes, I am thankful for my family and the things in my life but most important of all; I am undeniably ‘thankful’ to someone. His name is Jesus. For us believers, Jesus should ALWAYS be the reason why we say “thanks”.  Thanksgiving is NOT an ‘idea’ or a concept that makes us feel good about ourselves. Thanksgiving is someone. For the Christian, He is our ‘Thanksgiving’ every day and will be for the rest of our lives. So if you don’t Jesus it that way, I strongly encourage you to seek Him. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

By Sgt. Roy

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