Reflecting on Thanksgiving

I consider myself to be a rather reflective person.  Sadly, all too often my reflecting is not done in a spirit of thanksgiving.  So, with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, I had an idea ... and I commend it to you. First, read Psalm 9:1 which says, “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all your wonderful deeds.”  Take that in.  Meditate on that verse.

Next, go all the way back to the beginning of your life and recount all the wonderful things God has done for you.  You may need to carve out some time for this.  But go ahead ... take a long walk (might be a good thing before the big turkey dinner!) and just let the many memories of life pass before you.  Think about each memory as an opportunity to thank God.

Next, as you recount the many ways that God has showered his mercy on your life, think about how one experience or one person triggered another experience and another person that God has sovereignly brought into your life for His glory and your good.  Let your mind become like a big mural of his grace to stand back and look at.

Finally, meditate on the reality that you've only scratched the surface of the many mercies God has given you.  It will take all of eternity to count the number of blessings in your life!  For now, end in prayer and then go and share a word of thanks to someone whom God used to bless and impact your life.