December 11, 2014

Truths that Transform: How Thanksgiving Can Protect Us From Christmas

When you think about it, Thanksgiving can protect us from Christmas. Let me explain…

True, thanksgiving comes from a spirit of gratitude toward God and contentment with what He has provided. Israel’s annual feasts provided times of remembering all that God had done and offering thanks to Him. Similarly, Thanksgiving can be for us a season of remembering God for all he has done and expressing gratitude to Him. Such gratitude both reflects and appeals to the mind and heart of God.

Contrast this with what has become of Christmas, a season dominated by the pull of the culture. Christmas candy quickly fills the holes on store shelves left by Halloween. Stores open earlier and earlier on “Black Friday”, looking to attract shoppers with special deals on things we often don’t need. Commercials for expensive items like jewelry and automobiles fill the airwaves. None of those commercials ask the question, “Do you need this item?” Instead, they encourage us to feel unfulfilled without whatever they’re trying to sell us.

Scripture teaches us a different outlook, one that can protect us from the pull of the culture. A spirit of thanksgiving flows through the Bible; here are just a few examples:

“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” — Colossians 3:17

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:6-7.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” — Philippians 4:12-13.

Contentment and gratitude can help us avoid the pull of the culture and recover the real meaning of Christmas. The more we tune ourselves in to the mind and heart of God by keeping a spirit of thanksgiving, the more we realize that the best gifts of Christmas don’t come from a store.

Good Sense Movement Team
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