Thanksgiving is the time of the year that we get together with people to be thankful for all that we have, but often I fail at becoming more thankful and just become busier. The holidays were supposed to be a reminder to celebrate, not a reason to stress. Since, the Bible is our guide, I thought I might study what is has to say about being thankful and see if I can find something that could help me be more thankful, rather than more stressed. I quickly found Psalms 100:1-3.
“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. “2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. “3 Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
These Scriptures remind me of three important truths.
1) Our purpose is to glorify the Lord.
2) Never forget the power of happy service.
3) We belong to the Lord.
Some people become consumed with parties, foods, and gifts, and forget that our purpose is still to glorify the Lord. This season we need to make an effort to enter into the presence of God. Don’t allow your celebrations keep you from Christ.
Psalms 100:4-5 says,
“4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. “5 For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.”
And if you haven’t enter the presence of the Lord in a long time (or ever), now is always a good time. He is already calling you. You do not have to wait. You always belong with him. He is truly faithful to all come to Him.
A great way to enter the presence of the Lord is to serve others. If the holiday are too stressful for you, make the time to do something for someone else. It helps us to be more grateful and changes our perspective. Another great thing about this time of year is that there are many opportunities to serve. Many groups are serving meals for Thanksgiving or collecting gifts for Christmas time. Get involved and think about others.
Another way to enter the presence of the Lord is thankfulness. Right now I am extremely thankful for our new church. They came and pack up our boxes, then they unloaded them, and provided food for us. I am also thankful for our friends who came and help carried our burden through the move.
How are you going to serve this season and what are you thankful for?