As Thanksgiving approaches, we are constantly reminded that this is the season to have an attitude of gratitude. Some people are intentional about being especially kind and giving during this time of year. Kindness and gratitude of any kind is much needed and welcomed in the earth, and I know that if we can't see eye to eye on anything, one thing we can all agree on is that there's always something to be thankful for. Many would love to be where you are and have what you have. Because of this we should all have a "Thank-You" forever on our lips and in our hearts.
Have you ever just looked towards the heavens and said "Lord, I thank you"? Not because something grand happened or because you got what (or who) you wanted; but just because you are here and being sustained by His grace and mercy. Have you ever just called a loved one just to say, "Thank You", not for anything special but simply for being a valuable part of my life? Understanding that a "Thank You" goes a long way, and it is necessary, especially as children of God. Why? Think of it this way; if you feel as if there's nothing to be thankful for, you will easily abuse or destroy everything and everyone in your life. When you neglect to see the value in a thing, you abuse a thing. Our parents would often tell us that it's easy to break what you didn't buy. It's easy to devalue what you didn't work to achieve. It's easy to take advantage of a gift if you feel entitled to have it. Do you realize that when we lack a gracious heart, this is how we treat God and others? But, just like any parent, any friend and any loved one, all He wants is your appreciation, your gratitude, and your thankfulness.
I Thessalonians 5:18 says "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.". This is proof positive that we are to forever be thankful. Not only during the holidays, not only when things are going our way, not only when the home is happy or when the bank account is overflowing. Somehow, even in the rough times we must reach deep and still say "Thank- You"! When others appreciate the things we do, we are encouraged to do more, but when our efforts are treated as if they were nothing, it causes us to not want to extend ourselves anymore. Let's not treat our Heavenly Father that way and let's not treat those around us that way. It costs us nothing to be grateful. That is the way we forever say "Thank-You"!
On behalf of Lekecia Fordham Ministries, I'd like to say "Thank You" for your continual love and support. I am forever grateful to God for what He is doing and humbled to have you on this journey with me. Happy Thanksgiving, from my family to yours!