As with this week’s previous posts, this one is from one of our recent mission volunteers. Jeremy is a friend and fellow laborer in the Gospel. This post will be up for the remainder of the Thanksgiving weekend. Come back when or if you can, contemplate a bit, and share.
We hope and pray you and your family have a very blessed celebration of Thanksgiving – filled with genuine gratitude.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Do you know how many months are dedicated to something? Obviously, October is breast cancer awareness month. November then swoops in with thankfulness and “No shave”. I believe “No shave November” is meant to remind us of prostate cancer and other men’s issues, not really sure as I make it a habit to only shave once a week whether I need it or not. January is stalking awareness month (lol), February is Black History and American Heart, June is one of my favorites: PTSD, Caribbean American, Hemiplegic Migraine, and LGBT Pride all get to share awareness (Sarcasm alert!!!).
With so much to be aware of, how does one find the time to be thankful? I am convinced this is why the same social media users, who are thankful in November, spend the rest of the time being spiteful in the other eleven months.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
I wonder if in Paul’s day they had “Persecuted for the Cause of Christ” awareness month. His words here are a resounding testament to what it is to really be in tune with God’s will for you life.
We spend all month being thankful on social media, only to brawl in out in the aisle of whatever chain store we can hit up first on Black Friday. January through October is spent taking to facebook in order to gripe and say things we’d never have the courage to say out loud. It all boils down to a matter of contentment. When we realize our identity is in Christ then, and only then, will true thanksgiving take place in our lives; furthermore it will become a lifestyle, not a month.