Thanksgiving?!? Humph…

Well, it’s Thanksgiving Week, but I am already having a rough time of it. Take today for instance. Things started out ok this morning, but then I got out of bed. It was already an hour later than I wanted to be up, but it’s hard to complain about an extra hour of sleep when you don’t really have to be up.

Next, I went to get a haircut. I told the barber exactly what I wanted, showed her a picture, we talked it over, then she just did something else and it ended up way too short and not at all what I wanted.

Still pretty frustrated, I went and took a shower then called a married couple from church to see if they wanted to grab lunch, hoping it’d cheer me up some. Nope. She had stayed home sick and he was taking her food on lunch break. So alone, I headed to Chick-fil-a just planning to grab food and get to work at church. Fortunately I found some friends already there, and ate with them.

Next, I went to Best Buy with my Pastor to try and find a converter to hook up some A/V cables from a computer to a T.V., but we were informed that they didn’t have what we need, and the worker was skeptical that they even make them…

So you can understand why I’m thinking, “THANKSGIVING? Yeah right. Life keeps coming at me to fast to be thankful…”

But wait. Life IS happening. I guess that is something to be thankful for. At least I’m not dead or dying today…

And I do go to a church that has A/V capabilities at all. That is way more than a lot of churches have and it’s really just a luxury for our ministry more than a necessity anyway. I guess that’s something to be thankful for too…

And I have enough friends that I can just run into some of them at a restaurant. I’m sure some people always have to eat alone…

And I can afford to go to a barber, pull out my iPhone to show a picture, talk about hairstyles and hair products and actually give into a little vanity about my hair which isn’t a luxury a lot of people have…

And I slept in a real bed, in a comfortable house, and even got to sleep in…

So I guess the reality is that my being grumpy today isn’t necessary at all, but is completely by choice. I have plenty of things in my life that should drive me to have a thankful heart.

The problem is that I get too busy looking for my joy in these things rather than finding it in God for the blessings He has given me.This is why when those things don’t do what I want them to, instead of joy, I turn to bitterness.

If I really found my joy in God alone, then no matter what the day looks like, I still have reason to thank Him for grace. So it isn’t that I need an attitude adjustment. It is simply that I need to adjust my focus off of stuff and onto the God who gave me the stuff in the first place.

I’m not saying that as I write this, realizing that this is my issue, that it is going to automatically make my day go better, but for sure it is a calling for me to try and approach things with a more biblical perspective and attempt to keep a thankful spirit when things don’t go my way.

I think is is what Paul meant when he quoted to the Corinthians that, “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” and then told them, “so, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.(1 Corinthians 10:26,31)” On God is where our focus should be and what we find in Him should be the determiner of our attitude towards life. That attitude, then, will always be thanksgiving.

“Lord, as we enter this season of Thanksgiving as a culture, enable us to remember that You are the giver of life and of all things good. Give us a right perspective to honor you with all the gratitude and worship for every gift you have given to us. Amen.”

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.