Like any good movie, scenes transition from location to location intermixed with character after character. As scenes and people change, the plot line continues to be shared. We are given the plot puzzle one piece at a time in hopes we solve it before any additional clues are shared. When the plot plays out like we expect, we probably think it’s a great movie!
The “movie” of our life continues to play out as we go from day to day. We in America tend to like the compartmentalizing of everything, and we even dedicate one day for Thanksgiving. One day to shop at the mall. One day for small business. One day for shopping online. Even one day dedicated to giving. With each day given over to the special events of the day, we see just over this weekend how far we have come since the focus was on thanksgiving. Perhaps we need to reconsider being thankful again.
It is amazing that people need a day to be giving things to people. After all, is not generosity part of the human script that we share what we have with others as we would like to be shared with ourselves? Is this not something that should be happening regularly without external prompt? Why are we dependent on the “wisdom” of others who want things specifically in one cubby versus the next? What if we were giving every day of the week? What if we were thankful every hour to minute each day? It would be amazing……if not completely able to blow you away!
Being thankful is an orientation. We are thankful to God when we acknowledge His creative power in our midst. We are thankful to God when we acknowledge His guidance in our daily events. We are thankful to God when we acknowledge the “little things” around us are not some happenstance or chance, but until His careful eye. If we haven’t picked up on it yet, we are thankful, when we acknowledge….
We do not have to be the ones who are in charge. We are not the ones who have to have a strong hand guiding the events in our lives we would ordinarily expect God to cover. We are not fooling ourselves into some sort of false reality here. We give God the credit and when the thanks are truly given to whom and where they belong, we are able to realize that it is in every event that we can be thankful.
More than a day filled with more food than we should ever considering eating in one sitting, to me being thankful means a constant orientation to living life under God’s protective grace. That means we are not the one who deserve the credit, but we should be the ones who point others to the one who truly deserves the “thank-you.” Again, we need to realize that it is more a way of living than it is a single day event. Living out lives to God’s purpose, we can show others it is truly more blessed to say thanks than take the credit ourselves.