“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thes. 5:18
While we may overuse the word “thankful” this time of year in my home culture, it is an important concept that we sadly miss the mark on. How often do we stop and thank Him, instead of criticizing and grumbling?
Instead of having a heart of gratitude for what we have, we too often have a heart of grumbling for what we lack. This shouldn’t be a once a year situation where we stop to be thankful for what we have. It should be a lifestyle of gratitude.
This Thanksgiving I thought I wouldn’t get to celebrate. I thought I would just be traveling down from Kitgum to Kampala the night before and have to treat it like any other day. After all, I would be tired from the traveling, I don’t have an oven, and can’t get a turkey. I didn’t even pray and ask God to help me to have some way to celebrate with my small family here, because I thought it just wasn’t an option. But you know what? God heard the desire of my heart without me even mentioning it to Him. He put it on a friend’s heart to invite us to celebrate with her and some other people for Thanksgiving. We had an amazing time! People from all over the world sharing in giving thanks to God for His blessings and taking a meal together. Beautiful.
God didn’t have to do that for me - but He did.
He is so faithful.
We should be the most thankful people in all the world because we have the best gift in our Savior. This is not for Americans but for all believers the world over who know how rich they are in Christ.
Let us give thanks to Him and reflect upon all that He has done for us this past year. And let us not just go forward and move on with our hectic lives. Let’s keep that heart of gratitude for the life He has given to us, the family that we have, the clothes on our backs.
Last week I prayed over two teenage girls in Kitgum suffering from bad burns on their bodies, to the extent that they have lost fingers and done permanent damage. They have Nodding Disease and there’s currently no cure. They will continue to deteriorate, barring some miracle. They are currently staying at Tender Trust Orphanage so that Lois and the staff can dress their wounds and take care of them.
As I left there, aside from being heartbroken for these precious ones, I was reminded of how blessed I am and how many things I should thank God for.
Let’s get things back into perspective. We are truly blessed.
If you’re still not feeling thankful - remember that it’s a lifestyle and not a feeling. Feelings change, God’s faithfulness never does.