Thanksgiving was only eight days away. Michelle, who teaches the Bible in the mid-week children’s program, decided to ask her preschoolers about the upcoming holiday. She thought it would be effective to have the class playfully correct some wrong ideas about Thanksgiving.
“Now let me see. Thanksgiving. That’s the day when we think about all the stuff we have. And how we want more things than anybody else has. And how we don’t care about anybody but ourselves. And –”
“No!” the kids started to yell. “No-o-o!” Then one little guy called out, “That’s not Thanksgiving, Miss Michelle, that’s Christmas!”
Doesn’t it seem that way sometimes. We try to be grateful, we try to give thanks, but our self-focused nature filters life through the goggles of “what’s in it for me?” The essence of our thankfulness should not focus on the gifts but on the giver Himself. Psalm 138 says,
Thank you! Everything in me says “Thank you!”
Angels listen as I sing my thanks.
Thank you for your love, thank you for your faithfulness;
Most holy is your name, most holy is your Word.
The moment I called out, you stepped in;
you made my life large with strength.
When they hear what you have to say, God,
all earth’s kings will say “Thank you.”
They’ll sing of what you’ve done:
“How great the glory of God!”
And here’s why: God, high above, sees far below;
no matter the distance, he knows everything about us.
Finish what you started in me, God.
Your love is eternal—don’t quit on me now.
(Everything in me says “Thank you!”)
Psalm 138:1-8 (The Message Paraphrase)
Take some time this Thanksgiving/Christmas season to study that verse. Refocus your eyes on our God who has given His all for you and offers eternity.