Whatever you holiday brings you, I hope you take a minute to think about what you're thankful for.
One of our Sunday sermons a while ago, talked about St. Paul's letter to the Philippians:
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through him who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:11-13
Our pastor went on to say that we tend to think of the tough times - the times when things aren't what we want them to be, when we're ill or hurting or so deep into a situation we can't see the way out. It's very easy to be grateful when we need help, don't have much or are hungry and in want.
The challenge, the pastor explained, is to be content when we have everything we need.
How many times do we open our closet doors, look at the overflowing contents, and proclaim we have nothing to wear?
How may times to we open a full cupboard or refrigerator and declare their is nothing to eat?
How many times have we spent the day on the Internet or watching TV and look around and wish we had a different house, a different living room, different face, different body, different job or different spouse?
We live in a land of "much" and it is very hard to be content.
As you celebrate this Thanksgiving, take a moment to be thankful for what you do have, whatever that may be.
I guarantee you won't regret it.
Soli Deo Gloria.