Philippians 3:7 (nasb) --- But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
First of all, this is the last devotion for Thanksgiving week as our family will do doing the sweet family things....see you in the e-devotion world next week!
Second, lets talk about thanksgiving. This past Sunday I shared a message with our church about a new view of giving thanks, the big T. Thanks is about attitude, our salvation, it gives us insight and is part of God's best for us. Thankful people get stuff done. They are great to be around and encourage others. So, what do people who are not thankful do? They are pretty negative.
There is more to being thankful than just saying thanks or thank you. It is an attitude. Some people think they are owed something ... and by the way, as humans we owed something - death because of our sin. BUT Jesus. Man, God went on all out with Jesus on the cross and His love for us. There is something to be thankful for.
Americans are not very thankful people. Go with me to Balfate, Colon, Honduras and see how people live. Or Africa. Or inner city Richmond of Oklahoma City.
Friends we are so very blessed.
Philippians 3:8 (nlt) --- Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ
Did you hear what Paul said? Compared to Jesus, everything else is trash. That is a big statement. Worthy of a new view of the big T - Thanksgiving. I challenge you and me both to really make thanksgiving come to life around you. Give. Love. Share. Smile. Pray. Watch. And honor God.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (nasb) --- in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.