Mmmmmm. Turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes. The memory of the traditional Thanksgiving meal still lingers. Anyone else looking forward to Christmas dinner already? Wait a minute. Thanksgiving was last week. My Soul Matters article from last week wasn't about thankfulness. Uh oh.
Maybe I made a mistake? Did I miss the opportunity? No, unfortunately I am more cunning and maniacal than that. I did it on purpose.
In all honesty, I expected some backlash for not talking about it but it never came.
I will avoid my high horse as best I can today, but my guess is that even though it has been less than a week since we feasted on pheasant many of us have already forgotten to be thankful.
Humanity is cursed with that poison of forgetfulness.
We forget who God is. We forget why we are here. We forget how blessed we are. We forget that our momentary struggles will pass. We forget. And what is worse, we keep forgetting regardless of how many times we are reminded.
Despite my personal bent as a minister, I assure you the cure won't be found in another sermon.
The remedy isn't in another lecture, another class, another discussion, or another lesson. But there is an antidote.
Thankfulness. And not the kind that happens when the next ham is had or turkey is partaken and the kids are forced to say something significant before they eat. No. The kind of thanksgiving where we simply yield to the knowledge that we have so much to be thankful for.
Like paying taxes because it means we have a job.
Like fighting with our spouse because it means there is hope.
Like waking to the morning alarm because it means we have a reason to get up.
Like the large heating bill because it means we are warm.
Like weeding the garden and sweeping the floor because it means we have a home.
Like complaining about the government because it means our society is free.
Like the clothes that fit snug this week because we had our fill
and then some at the Thanksgiving meal last week.
Indeed we have much to be thankful for.
More than we can possibly explain to someone in a developing nation. Even at our worst moment we can be thankful that we have enough breath in our lungs to get us to the next moment.
A thankful soul puts us in the proper perspective of a blessed life.
What is more, it subtly points others to that same blessing. It sets us up for all manner of
future successes and forces us to live with a deep expectancy that life... is... good.
Today, find a way to communicate your thanks.
Then watch how those around you respond. It might seem subtle, but it may be the most impacting thing you have ever done for them.
" Dan Cousins is the lead pastor of Genesis Christian Centre, a growing young church in Nanaimo, and serves as chaplain for the Nanaimo Clippers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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