As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches once again this year, I am reminded to take a step back and recognize all that I am thankful for.
Why do we need this holiday to remind us to be thankful?! Humans are so forgetful.
Let’s start with the basics. You and I are reading and writing these words now. Bam, we’re better off than 776 million illiterate people in the world. We have access to the Internet. Better off than some 4.8 billion people in the world who do not. We have electricity to power our computers. Better than 1.4 billion people, or 20% of the world’s population. We have access to clean water. Better off than the 1 billion people who do not.
Nearly half of the entire world (over 3 billion people) lives on less than $2.50 a day. An American taking a 5-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.
Okay, enough with the guilt trip already. Acts 17:26 says that God has determined the exact times and places where each of us will be so that we would seek Him and perhaps find Him. So we are placed here in America with all of these resources and luxuries for a reason. It is all planned out. We can’t keep feeling guilty for it.
I guess my point is just to recognize all that we are blessed with. Not only are we blessed with these material resources and comfortable American life, we have been blessed with family and friends who love us, a roof over our heads, clothes on our bodies, shoes on our feet, food in our stomach, breath in our lungs, our talents and personalities, our health (including our five senses), a God who loves us, and above all, the ability to recognize our need to be thankful.
You are here. Be thankful.
“Give thanks in all circumstances.” -1 Thessalonians 5:18a