Monday, November 25, 2013

Am I thankful only because?

Am I thankful only because I am reminded it's that time of year, or am I just plain thankful? Psalm 95:1-2
To me Thanksgiving is a time to remind us how blessed we truly are. Does stop with this time of year, or is it a jump start in reminding us throughout the year? I have learned over the years, just being thankful is not enough to carry me through the year.

What do you mean you say? Well thank you for asking that question. What I mean here is just this, you cannot genuinely be thankful if you are not contented. You have to learn to be grateful for your circumstances as well as your possessions. Not hungering for more, but maybe, just maybe, being content with what you have.

I as many others have tried to find happiness and thankfulness in what we want and not what we already have. I have learned over the years, that thankfulness and contentment go hand and hand. You cannot have one without the other. Oh you can be thankful and not be contented, but it is usually short lived. As well as being contentment with out being thankful will not last.

Thanksgiving comes once a year, a time that reminds us what and who we are thankful for. But why does it end as soon as black Friday? We are not joining Thanksgiving with contentment. That soon we forget how thankful we are and get caught up again in a world that more is better, and things bring us joy. But how soon does that happiness and contentment fade? As soon as the newness wears off!

But life goes on, and we soon forget that everyday we are given, is a gift we should be thankful for and find contentment in. When you learn that being thankful and contentment brings true satisfaction, it is then that Thanksgiving has it's deepest and lasting meaning. It is then that everyday we are given we are thankful, we have come to a place in our lives we are grateful.

Psalm  95:1-2, Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.