by: Dan Jarvis
Thanksgiving! (Read Psalm 100)
Today we thank our Heavenly Father for:
- The rich bounty of the harvest in this fertile land
- The joyful vision of religious and political freedom
- The productivity inspired by free markets and private property
- His blessings upon us, whether we deserve them or not :-)
HOW YOU CAN BE GRATEFUL, TODAY
Here is a gratefulness exercise to try sometime today, to reflect on the many, countless, amazing, and exciting things you can say "thank you, God" for:
1. Sustaining life. What has God provided for you this year, to keep you physically alive?
2. Family and friends. Who has God allowed to be a part of your life this year?
3. Hope and spiritual purpose. How has God reminded you or taught you about the meaning and direction of your life this year?
4. Work and mission. What has God strengthened you to maintain, earn, create, accomplish, organize, or begin this year?
5. Growing as a person. What experiences has God allowed for you this year that were out-of-the-ordinary, new challenges, or learning opportunities?
(Hmmm. Maybe 2020 wasn't such a bad year after all?)
And there's one more category that I think is really important for us to reflect on:
6. Community. What kind of community has God blessed you with this year, and who in that community are you grateful for?
(Categories to consider: public servants, workers at businesses you frequent, customers, employers, neighbors, church family, teachers, entertainers, farmers, medical workers, mentors, coaches, etc.?) The more specific names you take time to mention here, the more amazed you'll be at who the Lord has brought into community around you, and how much value is being added to your life through each of them.