For the week of Thanksgiving, here in the USA, I would like to do a 5 day devotional with all of you. I will quote the devotional I got through YouVersion’s http://www.bible.com and I will respond to the content. I then will ask you to participate as well.
“Backward and forward by timeofgrace.org
Read James 1:17.
During the week of Thanksgiving, our nation pauses. Most businesses and schools close. Kids come home from school with Pilgrim artwork, black buckled hats, and stories of Squanto. There will be much turkey, pumpkin pie, and football. There may even be some giving of thanks.
I don’t mean just being “thankful,” i.e., a generic, warm and fuzzy, slightly guilty awareness that we live pretty well. This day provides a great opportunity to ponder a direct object for the transitive verb to thank. Thanking Somebody who makes good things happen is learned behavior, like telling the truth, like honoring a promise, like staying faithful to a flawed spouse even when it’s hard, like sticking to a job and finishing it.
The Bible helps us with deep insights into cause and effect in our lives. Are our treasures the result of our hard labor? . . . of blind, random luck? . . . of destiny or kismet or accumulated karma? No, actually not. Everything good in our lives comes as a result of direct intervention by a loving Creator and by a Redeemer who loves to do good things for his children. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights (i.e., the stars)” (James 1:17).
Do you have time this week to take inventory of the treasures in your life? As you look backward and thank your Benefactor, has it occurred to you that you can look forward with the same gratitude and joyful anticipation? The One who made your past better is already planting gifts in your future.”
When I look at all of what God has given me, I think about how there are so many others in this world who don’t have what I have. It brings tears to my eyes, truly. I usually take my inventory of the treasures in my life when I realize these differences. Wednesday, I have off of my full time job. I will be taking time then to really think about things I usually miss when doing inventory. God blesses us all in different ways.
How has He blessed you recently?