Today is Thanksgiving. So, happy Thanksgiving. I know that almost everyone is sitting down to a Thanksgiving feast. I, however, had to work. My job is in retail. So while everyone is working tomorrow, I will be celebrating. I know many people who complain about places that make their employees work on Thanksgiving. I want to take a moment to offer some perspective. Yes, I would love to have Thanksgiving off, but at least I have a job, and it does pay the bills, most of the time. I have decided that I am not waiting for Thanksgiving Day to be thankful. I want to be thankful every day. I have a few friends that write down things that they are thankful for each day. I have been thinking about how shallow I am if having to work on Thanksgiving is going to ruin my day and sour my attitude. So, it's not and it didn't. If anything it made me more grateful. I meditated on the many verses in the Bible that remind us to be thankful.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, Hebrews 12:28
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalms 95:2
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. Ephesians 5:4
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
These verses are written as commands. That means that we CAN be thankful. I can be thankful if my table is full, or empty. I can be thankful if I'm sick, or healthy. I can be thankful no matter what is going on in my life. Being thankful is not just a day that I celebrate by gorging myself with turkey and then sleeping the rest of the day in a food coma. Being thankful is a way to live every day of our life.