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Thanks a Million, Lord

Thanks a Million, Lord

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By Robin Caldwell

Thanksgiving Day Message

“And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9: 14-15)

I woke up and felt this power surge of gratitude run through my entire body. It was priceless. Words of praise and worship poured out of my mouth. My spirit was so thankful to God; I decided to literally count my blessings.

How have ye blessed me, Lord? Let me count the ways … I can’t!

There was no way I could count all of the blessings I’ve received from God, because the list is inexhaustible. There were many, many things missing from my list, including the things, people, and circumstances I found difficult to be grateful for. There were the things I’d have no earthly knowledge of whatsoever, like the times God worked behind the scenes to bless me, even spare my life. Obviously, I needed to be grateful for a lot more than I had the human capacity to recognize. And for that alone, I said, “Thanks a million, Lord,” and laughed at my little pun.

The debt of gratitude I owe God cannot be repaid with mere thanks here and there. Though His Word says, “too whom much is given, much is required,” I would be hard-pressed to give as much praise and thanks as He has given me blessings.

My spiritual mother, Bunny, taught me years ago that thanksgiving is a lifestyle and not merely a day. While I thought that was just fine and acceptable, I assured her that while I understood what she was teaching me, I was not quite ready to give up my Thanksgiving Day turkey, cornbread dressing, collard greens, and two slices of sweet potato pie just yet. She assured me that I didn’t have to give any of it up. Her only concern was that I keep it all in perspective: Thanksgiving is a lifestyle and not merely a day.

What does thanksgiving as a lifestyle encompass? Well, it has to encompass or include obedience to God’s precepts. Obedience to God is certainly one way to say thanks and show gratitude. Smart children show their appreciation by simply doing as they are taught and told.



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