A Time To Remember


Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Reason for the SeasonBy now, Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is just around the corner.  Schedules will be getting busier and “to-do” lists will be getting longer.  If we aren’t careful then we might spend the entirety of the holidays in a blur of coming and going without ever experiencing any deeper meaning or truth.

We celebrate the holidays for very specific reasons; Thanksgiving is to be a time of remembrance and thankfulness for all that God has blessed us with and Christmas is the Advent, the coming of the Christ child who would save the world from Sin and death.  These are wonderful, important truths and they are the very foundations of our Christian faith.

Although Thanksgiving is a a few days past we need to renew our efforts to be thankful, and to remember all that God has done for us.  It is a helpful thing to take a few, quiet minutes and make a list of the things that you are thankful for.  It helps us to remember and to see in black and white just how amazing our God is and how He provides for us.  Count your blessings and see what God has done!

Likewise with the Christmas holiday to come, unless we take the time to focus on what “God with us” really means, we are apt to miss it.  Because we claim to have Christ in our hearts, the coming of the Christ child and the season of Advent should be a very special and sacred time to us.  We give gifts during this time of year because God first gave the ultimate gift to us; His son and His life for ours.

Jesus, God’s son, came to earth as a tiny baby.  Born in a stable, laid in an manger, the very creator of the universe began life as a human being so that he could die an agonizing death on a cross in our place.  That’s amazing, isn’t it?  Isn’t that worth celebrating and worth remembering?  Isn’t it worth sharing with someone else?  It absolutely is!

So, as we go through this holiday season, let’s work hard to remember why we celebrate.  We have the best reason in the entire world to be thankful and to rejoice.  We shouldn’t hide it or be ashamed of it and we must certainly never forget it.  Not ever.

The Secret to Being Thankful at All Times

Thanksgiving, StewardshipIs it really possible to always be thankful?  Can we, as imperfect beings, really practice thankfulness in all situations and at all times?  I believe it is possible and, according to God’s word, it is exactly what we are commanded to do.

The topic of thankfulness is one that is found throughout the Bible, and for good reason.  God is good and the ultimate expression of His goodness was revealed in the person of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross.  This is the foundation on which our faith is based and I don’t believe that it is possible to thank God enough for this one marvelous gift.

But it doesn’t stop there.  God is good in the way that He is patient with us and reveals His character from faith to faith.  He spoke through the prophets and apostles that were inspired to write His words so that we could learn and be encouraged and lack for nothing.  And today, His spirit is still working and revealing truth to those who listen to His still small voice.

In addition, God is a provider.  It is His word that spoke this world into existence and it is His will that maintains it.  He provides the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and the food that we eat.  He is actively involved in the lives of His children and He has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us.

Yet, as thankful as I am for all of these things, there is one piece of knowledge that I must have before I can be thankful at all times.  There is one attitude that I must adopt and one truth that I must believe with every fiber of my being that makes all the difference.  It can be summed up in one word: steward.

I am a steward, not an owner.  I am a caretaker, not a creator.  I am a conduit, not a source.

All that I have and all that I am and all that I experience and enjoy belongs to God.  He made it all and He keeps it going.  He provides the life, the strength, the sustenance, the gifts, and the talents and He has tasked me with feeding His sheep and walking humbly with Him.

This is the key.  This is the pillar on which a life lived in thankfulness must be built.  This is the secret that every man, woman and child should be taught to understand.  Our thankfulness comes not from what we have been given and certainly not from what we think we are due.  Our thankfulness comes from who we were created to be.