Happy Thanks-living week! We celebrate Thanksgiving within the church as an aspect of our worship and praise to God. But sometimes I wonder if Americans get caught up in celebrating abundance and forget about being thankful. On its own, abundance isn't a bad thing. The Old Testament story of Joseph and Pharaoh includes Joseph convincing Pharaoh to store up an abundance of food to prepare for a famine. The problem with abundance is when it becomes the object of worship. Careful financial planning for life's adventures such as retirement are necessary. But grabbing up everything in sight for the purpose of having it all serves no purpose. Greedy abundance breeds arrogance and smugness, while thankfulness breeds humbleness and modesty. But what do humility and modest living have to do with being thankful to God?
A thankful life reflects God's passion for reaching the outcast and marginalized. It says, "thank you God for letting me be the person to show this sister/brother your love." A life of thanks-living is a daily practice in praising God for God's abundant love. The plentiful harvest is found in God's grace, and in the church that cares, and in the house that welcomes in the lonely. The abundance that we are thankful for isn't in material possessions, it's how we treat each other. Be thankful for one another, for God's grace that sustains, and for the earth that produces such amazing foods!
Be Excellent To Each Other!