A Legacy of Thankfulness
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. A day that is typically celebrated with family and friends, turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie. In my house, strawberry-rhubarb pie has been the favorite for years…and nothing will get between us. Warmed up with a little vanilla ice cream on top…
Historically, Thanksgiving is the celebration of a bountiful harvest. There are variations of how Thanksgiving is celebrated in many different countries; but the common factor is being thankful for something. We each have our own unique, individual family traditions or practices that we hold to each year, such as going around the table and saying what we’re thankful for or who we’re thankful for; maybe watching a football game or beginning to decorate for Christmas, or even serving others. Traditions in our family are important because they help to establish or build upon a legacy.
“but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submiting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Eph 5:18b-21)
While being thankful doesn’t sound like a tradition, it is a quality and characteristic that we, as Jesus’ followers, can model for others around us that creates a legacy that can be passed on. When we live a thankful life and display being thankful to God, it distinguishes us from others and is therefore a characteristic. When we give thanks “always and for everything” as Pauls says, than it becomes a quality, a disposition, part of our nature as the image bearers of Christ. So, this Thanksgiving, be thankful to God in all things and build a tradition within your sphere of influence, whether it be your children, family, friends or co-workers and trust that a legacy of the quality of thankfulness is being built in others around you for the glory of God.
Personally, I am thankful for the past year and the bountiful harvest the Lord has reaped, evidenced in changed lives. I am thankful for each one of you and how our family has been received over the past year by the people of Imprint Church. It has been truly a blessing for us. Mostly thankful for Jesus and His constant work in me, for His heart for you and for those on the margins, outside the church and far from Him. Join me in praying with thankfulness for what He has done through Imprint Church and continues to do in our communities. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” (Rev 7:12)