Tomorrow, of course, is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. There will be some football games that will try to capture our attention and, for many of us, a wonderful meal to more than satisfy our appetites. What may be missing in the midst of our Thanksgiving, however, is some intentional thankfulness. It is certainly not my intent to lay a guilt trip on anyone (including myself), but only to remind us that we pause tomorrow for a reason. We pause to give thanks. In Psalm 92:1, we read:
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.
It is good that we have tomorrow, for it is good to give thanks to the Lord. It is good to give thanks for the measure of health we enjoy, for the families we appreciate, for the meaningful work that enables us to function and feel that we are making a contribution to the day in which we live. For those who are followers of Christ, it is good to give thanks to the Lord for Jesus and all He has done for us.
I know that, for many, life has been hard and difficult, and thanksgiving may seem a challenge. I can understand that, for I have had years like that myself. But, for those of us who feel greatly blessed, thanksgiving should almost come naturally—certainly more naturally than it sometimes does. Rather than needing a special day set aside for the giving of thanks, how great it would be if we needed no such calendar event to remind us. How much better if we could learn to have a heart of thankfulness all the year long. After all, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord.”
From all of us at Sports Spectrum, I trust that you and yours will have a wonderfully blessed and truly thankful Thanksgiving!
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain