I don't know about you but with the holidays upon us I'm already feeling just a teensy bit of pressure and anxiety around the demands that will be placed on me over the next six or eight weeks. And as I was looking ahead this morning, at the very moment I was beginning to feel my heartbeat quicken, I received a beautiful reminder from Jordan about how we’re wired as believers, the practical importance of thanksgiving in how we live our lives, and how thanksgiving is simply a part of our DNA as a new creation, and as a people.
I love this word from Jordan:
Thanksgiving should be our dialect. It should be our “first language” as Christians, both in how we communicate with God, and each other. I find that a heart and mouth that overflow with Thanksgiving plants a firm stake in the ground that lets us stand strong when the trials of this world come.
The world would want to convince us that our circumstances and experiences should define us, and should be the basis for how we respond. Scripture tells us that “we walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). We walk by what is written, not what we experience.
Here’s a few real life examples of this:
When the world would tell us that we should be fearful or scared because we feel fearful or scared; Thanksgiving opens up the truth of Heaven into our lives:
“Lord, thank you that you have not given me a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7)
When the world would tell us that we should be lonely people because we feel lonely; Thanksgiving says:
“Lord, thank you that you will never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5) and that you uphold me by your Righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10)
When the world would tell us that when someone on this earth hurts us or knocks us down, we should be justified to respond in kind; Thanksgiving says:
“Lord, thank you that the Love you gave me is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs (1 Cor. 13: 5), and that people persecuted you first (John 15:20). I welcome reproaches, because when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10)
When the world would tell us that money and power should be goals in our life; Thanksgiving says:
“Lord, thank you that I do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth (Matthew 4:4), and that my life does not consist in the abundance of my possessions” (Luke 12:15)
Let these thoughts marinate as you celebrate with friends and family this week.