We just got our water back on to the house. It has been off for about 30 hours. What a tragedy for us; we could barely get along. Did you ever stop and think just how blessed we are in this country, that we can’t even do without some of the things that God has blessed us with. We have so much to be thankful for it’s hard to count all our blessings. November is thought of as the month to be especially thankful, but, really, we should be thankful all the time and thank God regularly in prayer.
Ephesians 5:18,20 says: “be filled with the Spirit…giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” If we are to be filled with the Spirit, one thing we must do is give thanks to God always for all things. We should have this attitude of gratitude toward God in all that we do. Colossians 3:17 says: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
These passages don’t mean that we should only give thanks every time we eat a meal, though this is good, but we should give thanks in all that we do, also. We should be thankful to God that we have another day of life and are able to do what we do, all in the name of Jesus and all with an attitude of thankfulness toward God. What are we thankful to God for? Everything, of course, but it is sometimes helpful to thank Him for everything we can think of, so that we can realize the magnitude of how he has blessed us.
We can count our blessings and thank Him as we name each one. We must carry this gratitude in our hearts until it becomes a part of our makeup, a part of what and who we are. Not just in the month of November, but always and in everything we do. If we can develop this attitude of thankfulness toward God, it will help us learn other traits, such as meekness, gentleness and compassion toward others, that God would have become a part of us. A strong feeling of thankfulness toward God, that we can carry with us always, is one of the first things we must develop in our quest to live the godly life.
On this Veterans day, I must also thank God for our veterans, both active duty and in civilian life, who have made it possible for me to live free in this country and have the many things God has blessed me with. And thanks to the veterans, themselves, for their sacrifice and service that is made essential in today’s war-like world. We should think of them today and Jesus every day, as He gave the ultimate sacrifice of His life, that we may be saved from our sins and have eternal life when we obey Him
And thanks to the veterans and their families that have given their lives and the lives of their loved ones that I may live in a free and prosperous country. As we honor them, let us not forget the sacrifice of God and His son, who left heaven, the place we aspire to, and came to this sin cursed earth and died for us that we may be made free from sin. Too, this gives us hope that we will be ultimately free of sin when we are welcomed into heaven in the after while. Veterans have made it possible for us to live as we do in this life and Jesus has made it possible for us to live with God in the next life. Let us be thankful to God in all that we do and for all that we have.
May God bless you and keep you until next time.