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The Next Step of Thanksgiving

by Joanna Pierce on November 23, 2016

Turkey Day. Happy Harvest. Cornucopia of Blessings. Gobble ‘til You Wobble. Turkey Tribute. Thanksgiving. Whatever you call the holiday tomorrow, it’s a time of food, friends, family, and giving thanks.

This is a time of year when we’re reminded, almost daily, to be thankful. We normally focus on the natural things we’re blessed with—food, shelter, family, health, jobs, etc. Some do focus on their Spiritual blessings and spend time thanking the Lord for His provision in their life, anointing, Word, Holy Spirit, and the like.

Thanksgiving—the day, action, or otherwise—has become very self-focused. It’s great we’re thankful about elements of our lives and/or what God has blessed us with. But, what do we actually do about it? In reality, what is the true worth of just telling those around us how thankful we are?

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him (Colossians 3:15–17, KJV).

Scripture tells us to be thankful—but it doesn’t stop there. When we allow God to rule in our hearts and direct our minds to be thankful for what He’s done, is doing, and is going to do, He’s directed us to teach and admonish others to do the same. Then we—as well as those whom we teach—should praise the Lord through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.

Being thankful isn’t just about what God is doing for us alone. It’s about expanding and growing that thankfulness in the hearts of others. We are to help those around us lift up praises to the King of kings and the Lord of lords through our testimony and by example.

This Thanksgiving, let’s think about not only why we’re thankful, but how we can share our Thanksgiving with others. Then, let’s take our testimony a step further and pray God opens up an opportunity for us to help someone find a reason to be thankful in their own lives. Seeing a reason to praise is half of what Thanksgiving is all about. And, when you’re done? You both can praise and rejoice together about the goodness and mercy of the Lord. That’s true Thanksgiving.