Jay's eDevotionals  

Nov 26

The JOY of Thanksgiving

A teenage boy told his daddy, “Hey, Pop, I learned to say ‘please’ and thank you’ in Spanish today.” The impressed father replied, “Great son, now learn to say it in English!”
 
One of the greatest aspects of following Christ is knowing who to say “Thank You” to for the blessings of life. From the beauty of a sunset to the laughter of children, there are uncountable wonders in this world and it is soul satisfying to know God is the source of our blessing and deserves grateful praise.
 
The sage said, “Sharper than a serpent’s tooth is an ungrateful child.” To flip it on the positive side, St. Paul urges Christ-followers to, “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
 
Develop the reflex of gratitude for sunshine or rain, for victory or pain. It doesn’t come naturally, so cultivate the Christ-honoring discipline of sincerely and consistently expressing thanks to God. The reflex of gratitude will keep you focused on the Father. Plus, expressing gratitude is an act of trust which acknowledges God is in control and everything is working together for God’s glory and our eternal good! 

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