Give thanks every day

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the one day we, as Americans, set aside to give God thanks for our many blessings. It is usually celebrated with family members and always with too much to eat and drink. It’s a day that we forget all of our petty problems and concentrate on being grateful. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be thankful every day instead of just this designated day?

This year, I’m most thankful for the good health of all of my family. Good health is all too often taken for granted. God has truly blessed us with an abundance of good health, happiness and lots of love. We are rich in His blessings and give Him all the glory!

I’m also very thankful for the ministry that God has allowed me to have, and that’s dealing with some of God’s chosen people – the drug addicts and alcoholics. These are people who, in search for fulfillment, turn to mind-altering chemicals. They are looking for answers to life’s problems; they are desperate for real solutions. I share with them that Jesus is the answer to all of their problems.

Thursday as we gather to celebrate, let us remember the less fortunate. As Christians, let us be reminded that we should reach out and help the sick, the homeless and the hungry.

A few years ago, at a halfway house for drug rehabilitation, I noticed three posters on the wall:

One showed an old man sleeping on a park bench. The inscription read: I was homeless and the Christian prayed for me in the comfort of his home.

Another showed an old lady sick, lonely and crying. That poster read: I was sick and the Christian thanked God for his good health.

The last poster showed two young, poorly dressed, hungry children with looks of desperation which read: We were hungry and the Christian gave thanks for his abundance of food.

Yes, it’s important to pray, but God expects us to put wheels on our prayers. We are commanded to love one another.

This Thanksgiving, let us enjoy our holiday but also make a commitment that each day in the future, we will be aware of the hurting people in our community.

Hebrews 13: 1 and 2 says, “Continue to love each other with true brotherly love. Don’t forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!”

Happy Thanksgiving!

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