Abundance and Predictability can interfere with Gratitude | Avalon Church

Happy Thanksgiving!

I suspect many of you are making plans and preparations for a special day of food and family tomorrow. For some it has included travel over a distance; for others, perhaps a trip tomorrow to share in another’s home; and for the rest a busy time of cooking and cleaning before family and friends gather with you.

Whatever the case, most of us will experience the incredible blessings of abundance and predictability. Because the day is called Thanksgiving, we will likely take a moment to express our gratitude to God and to those who love us. However, because we have such abundance (our pantries and refrigerators are usually stocked with a variety of foods we like) and because it is so predictable (we go to Publix without giving it a thought and few of are concerned about missing a meal), I sense that often we do not give conscious thought to the grace and daily provision of God.

I have become especially aware over the last few weeks that I have a “Whatever” attitude about the abundance and predictability in my life. Not malicious; just nonchalant. I really cannot remember the last time I thanked the Lord when clean water came out of my faucet; or I had enough hot water to take a long shower; or the heat worked at home when the temperatures dipped; or I grabbed my Bible as I headed off to church. And the list of such things is endless.

This Sunday as we continue the “Whatever” sermon series we are going to focus on gratitude. Part of the message will be a very special testimony from one of the families in our church that will help see a practical application of gratitude and thankfulness. In preparation for our time of study, let me encourage you to read the following verses:

  • Psalm 100:4 – lets all walk into worship this Sunday being thankful
  • Ephesians 5:19-20 – giving thanks to God the Father for everything
  • Philippians 4:6 – talk to God about anything but be thankful while asking
  • Colossians 3:17 – whatever you say, whatever you do, let it be done with thanksgiving
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – and even when life smacks you, give thanks – it’s God’s will for you
  • Romans 1:21 – Paul says you can tell who the godless and wicked people are – they are the ones that do not honor God nor give thanks to Him

May the Lord Jesus be the honored guest at your Thanksgiving table. Ask Him to fill the place you gather with His light and love. And give thanks…

Pastor Jim

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