Every year as brightly hued leaves begin to fall, the wind chills to cooler temperatures and pumpkin spice lattes make their rounds, I am reminded that a great season is here. The season of Thanksgiving reminds us to thank the Lord for our blessings. Although the entire day is centered on celebrating God’s gifts in our lives, is it possible that we succumb to the world’s ideals and unintentionally replace our thankfulness with greed?
It is no secret that our world is dominated by greed. Time and time again we see that no matter how much we have, we will never be satisfied until we have a little more. However, this lie holds no weight against the truths of God’s Word. We learn from the Bible that the things of this world will fade away. One day when we face all of eternity, none of the things of the world will matter. On the contrary, eternal lives will matter.
Instead of wanting more this holiday season, let’s take the focus off ourselves, give thanks for the gifts we have, and use them for God’s glory. Let this holiday season be one of giving. Give up your selfish desires and worries and put someone else’s first. Whether you are given the opportunity to help prepare the meal or pray with a family member, make this season about others. Be thankful for what you have been given, but don’t let the gratitude stop at words, allow your grateful heart to influence your actions as well. The Lord promises to answers your prayers, if you pray for opportunities to express your thankfulness (whether through words or actions) He will provide a way. This holiday season allow the Holy Spirit to soften your heart to the world’s hurts and take action through the giving of thanks.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”
(1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV).
Sophia Kalinke is a homeschooled junior who is actively involved in church and youth group. She loves dancing, reading, writing, drawing, theatre, hanging out with family and friends, and ministering to God’s world. Writing is one of her favorite creative outlets and she seeks to encourage others through her shared Instagram account: @beautifullybelovedministries.