It’s been a while since my last post, but it’s been a pretty regular few weeks. We are all currently in Canada at Jessica’s parents’ house for the holiday. It’s not a holiday here (Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October) but we are enjoying some downtime here.
Despite the fact that it isn’t a holiday here, our hosts were gracious enough to prepare and serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner which we will have tonight. I’m very excited! Eating, as many of you know, is one of my favorite past times.
I appreciate the fact that we have a today dedicated to being thankful. It’s good to take a moment and reflect on our many blessings. However, as Christians, I think we need more than the occasional reminder that our lives should be characterized by thankfulness.
I truly believe that being thankful should be a way of being for Christians. Thankfulness is not something you do, it is an attitude you have. Thankful is who we are and how we live. Living thank-full lives naturally leads to lives that are joy-full, content, peaceful, and all the other Fruits of the Spirit. Thankfulness serves a dual role. In addition to freeing us for showing the fruit of the Spirit, at the same time, it combats envy and greed and malice and anger – and many other attitudes that oppose the fruit of the Spirit. So it not only helps us reflect on the positive it allows us to counteract the negative.
So today, celebrate with family and friends and turkey and stuffing. But remember that tomorrow and everyday thereafter our lives should reflect have an attitude of gratitude for what we have been given by God – not just here on earth, but in heaven as well.
Thanksgiving is not a holiday, it’s a way to live. Live a thank-filled life today and always. Happy Thanksgiving!