EMOTIONAL THANKFULNESS & FAITH THANKFULNESS
Over the river and pay the toll
and don’t spill the high-fiber Casserole
Gram’s new condo gets a rave
while the turkey cooks in her microwave!
Thanksgiving . . . is when some cease to gobble and others start.
Have you noticed that thankful people are nice to be around? Gratitude perfumes an atmosphere. Thankfulness is voicing how God and others have benefited our lives.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Not easy. An inventor made something that advanced large commercial jets. But when he failed to patent it correctly – did not get the legalese just right — others pirated his invention and he went bankrupt. Challenged to be thankful, he couldn’t until someone explained that thankfulness had an emotional element and a faith element; feel warm, emotional thankfulness and express thankfulness by faith. He resolved to express gratitude, which showed his confidence in God’s providence.
The Lord must have been pleased because he hit on the idea of adapting his invention to the small airplane market. He became wealthy.
Let’s be thankful. Source: Bill Gothard, 1993
Thinkful / Thankful
If we are thinking, we are thanking.
- We can walk into a grocery anywhere in American and get milk that is wholesome and healthy. How does that happen? How did that come about ? Why? Because unnamed people we will never meet decided healthy, pure milk was good. They came up with standards for milk and people (called The Government) have agreed (voted) that healthy milk is a good idea and have pressed this system (read laws) on American milk produces. If we think about this, we are thankful.
- Originally barbeque sauce was put on meat to mask the rotten smell and taste of the meat. Today, we use BBQ sauce to season meat, and we assume both the meat and the sauce are fresh. If we are thinkful, we are thankful.
- Ambulances rush to the scene of a disaster to render aid. How did that get started? Why would people take their time to do so? Again, if we think about the history and how towns formed and schools arose, and electrical power grids came into being and were a boon, we can imagine that ambulances evolved the same way. When enough accidents results in unnecessary deaths which basic first-aide could have prevented, and when people saw the unnecessary suffering caused by a lack of essential, on-the-spot services, people decided (again, government) it would be a good idea to have such a thing. Leaders devised a way to pay for them (taxes) based on a cost-per-benefit basis, ambulances came into society.
As we think about such advances in society, we are thankful.
Written by Keith Kaynor