In the past few years, U.
Thanksgiving Day is almost here. Yet it seems I can count on just one hand the references made to this national holiday in the weeks leading up to it.
It seems to be an afterthought between the more commercialized Halloween and Christmas holidays. God is not important to most Americans Thanksgiving was instituted by Abraham Lincoln years ago for the nation to show gratitude to God for His blessings.
Has this meaning become lost?
Has the United States taken its blessings for granted? God warned ancient Israel of this dangerous trap—that instead of thanking Him for their blessings, they would come to believe the blessings they enjoyed came from their own efforts Deuteronomy 8: Instead of focusing on God, we focus on ourselves.
Relegating God to a minor role in our lives—refusing to acknowledge His blessings—has contributed to so many of our problems. The Bible is very direct about the tragic results in the lives of those who refuse to thank God: The results of ingratitude When we are genuinely thankful, it humbles us and helps us recognize that we truly are undeserving of all the good things we have.
But when such humility is replaced by pride, it produces the dangerous attitude of ingratitude. An attitude of unthankfulness which fails to retain God in our thinking leads to flawed thinking and actions.
Just consider the headlines that fill the news. Stop and think about the horrible atrocities committed almost every day, the constant stream of broken homes and relationships, the sexual immorality prevalent in our culture, the increasing violence both in our streets and entertainment.
As we contemplate such things, we should be concerned!
This is exactly what God said would happen when we forget about Him verses God has an incredible purpose for us to become children in His family 2 Peter 3: That purpose should humble us.
Taking time to seriously consider that God really is concerned about each of us individually can be a first step toward living a life filled with thanksgiving. The more we consider how much we have to be thankful for, the more important God will be in our lives.
God wants us to look for things to be thankful for. And when we start looking for obvious things to be thankful for, we end up finding a gold mine of not so obvious things to also be thankful for! It is by doing this that we can develop an attitude of gratitude in our lives.
Take time to appreciate the good things in your life and thank God for the big things and the simple things that are easily taken for granted.
When we do this, we will come to a deeper comprehension of how blessed we really are.
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The Term 'Black Friday' Has Lost All. It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people " So it is that on Thanksgiving Day each year, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for all His blessings and mercies toward us .
For the next fourscore and seven years, most states honored a November date as a day of prayer and fasting, but there was no national celebration. Thanksgiving has always been rooted in the.
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Updated on November 9, The practice of setting aside a day of Thanksgiving is an age-old one that had been practiced throughout the world since ancient times. On the few occasions when November has five Thursdays, celebrating Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday Reviews: