Abiding Monday: Why We Need To Be Thankful
This week is Thanksgiving. We know that it is polite and good to be thankful. We strive to teach our kids our thankfulness. But why should we be thankful? What if we weren’t thankful and just took everything for granted? We can see the importance of thankfulness in Romans 1: 20 – 25:
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
In these verses we get a clue as to how the degradation of mankind began – with ungratefulness. Because we have not glorified God or gave thanks to Him He has allowed our selfish desires to take over. As a result our world is full of perversion and fake idols. The tipping point is ingratitude.
Let us be careful in our own lives and don’t forget to be thankful. Thankful not just for His mercies and His creation, but for EVERYTHING. For everything good is created by Him (1 Cor. 8:6).
What things are you thankful for this week? We ask this of our children in Sunday school and maybe we’ll write a blog post or update our Facebook status with our list of gratitudes, but do we really answer this out loud as adults? Write what you are thankful for in a journal this week, in the comments of this post, or on your own website! There is plenty to which we should be grateful!