Even before Halloween got here, stores were already putting out Christmas stuff. Now don’t misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong if you are one of those people who like to put up your Christmas tree and decorations early (my daughter-in-law has already put her tree up). The birth of Christ is worth celebrating year around. (I guess this could justify those folks who leave their Christmas Lights hanging up all year). I understand the desire of many to get into the Christmas spirit early. There is nothing better than watching “It’s a Wonderful Life,” listening to Christmas music and getting the shopping done.
But, may I encourage us all, don’t forget “THANKSGIVING!” Thanksgiving is the holiday that the secular world has decided to ignore. In the past, the day after Thanksgiving, “black Friday” was the day people went shopping or fighting for good deals. But now many stores don’t even close on Thanksgiving. Thankfully some stores are reverting back this year to giving their employees Thanksgiving Day off. Thanksgiving has become the candy corn of holidays, ignored for better candy. Thanksgiving has been shipped off to the “Island of Misfit Toys” and forgotten about. Thanksgiving has become the Rodney Dangerfield of holidays, and “gets no respect.”
I’m encouraging us all to start a campaign that “Thanksgiving Matters.” In a world that is becoming more and more focused on self and driven by an entitlement attitude, may we rise above our self-absorbed society and declare that we are not entitled to anything, and everything we have has been given to us by our Creator.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, UNTHANKFUL, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” II Timothy 3:1-5
It’s fine if you go ahead and put up your Christmas tree, listen to Bing Crosby sing White Christmas, wrap those presents and make those Christmas cookies, but also remember that there is a holiday that comes on November 24th that does matter!
“Giving THANKS always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” Ephesians 5:20
This verse reminds us to give “thanks” always and for all things. Every day we should give thanks to Jesus for the salvation He has provided for us through His death and resurrection. Every day we should give thanks for all things we have been given and for those things He has not given us. Make every day Thanksgiving, because “Thanksgiving Matters.”
Life is a Journey, learn on the way!
Till next time, stay in the Scripture!