Thanksgiving is this week, and so many times we can rush past this time of thankfulness without considering why we celebrate Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims who landed the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock and then worked hard to start their new lives in America went through times of want, and they celebrated Thanksgiving to thank God for all their blessings, whether they had plenty or not. They gave thanks for what they had, changing their mindset of want to plenty.
Psalm 9:1 ESV – “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”
Today, we have so much and typically live in a state of plenty. However, there’s also many that live in a state of depression, even in the midst of plenty. What’s the solution? For some, the solution is to give thanks for what we do have.
Philippians 4:6-7 ESV – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I can sometimes struggle with loneliness as a single woman. Most of my friends are married or are engaged, and all of my close friends from high school and college are living at least 30 minutes away from me. So, even though I have friends, I can go through times when I don’t hear from them, which can be discouraging. But giving thanks for those friends and what I do have is a way to get over the blues.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV – “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Another thing that helps me is sponsoring children because I can give someone else more so they can go from want to plenty. By helping others, more can go from want to plenty.
Colossians 3:17 ESV – “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
For example, sponsoring children means that they can get food, even when they’re in the midst of a drought. Just think of what gratitude happens because they have something to eat and clean water to drink. But not only that, they can hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and go from want to plenty of faith and salvation!
1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV – “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!”
Also, update: Burusi’s picture on Compassion was updated! He almost doesn’t look like the same child. On the left is the picture from roughly May 2016, and the one of the right is the updated picture.
I praise God for Burusi and all of my sponsored children. They are my friends far away, but we celebrate our friendship together in Christ.
Romans 11:36 ESV – “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.”