Here in Canada it’s Thanksgiving Monday.
I remember an episode of the iconic Little House on the Prairie. The dad and farmer in the family was Charles Ingalls, played by Michael Landon. It was harvest time. He walked through his bountiful field, swaying his hands through his beautiful crop.
As he did so he looked up and said a simple, “Thank you, Lord.”
Even though Charles planted the seed and did the back-breaking work, it was an acknowledgement that the harvest was really a gift from God.
Today, if you’re here in Canada, and even if you’re not, go through your day offering up little “Thank you, Lords” every time you see, hear or experience the blessings around you.
An encouraging conversation… “Thank you, Lord”
A beautiful tree… “Thank you, Lord”
A moment of rest… “Thank you, Lord”
A laugh… “Thank you, Lord”
A mouthful of turkey… “Thank you, Lord”
A breath of fresh air… “Thank you, Lord”
A happy memory… “Thank you, Lord”
A safe drive… “Thank you, Lord”
A word from the Bible… “Thank you, Lord”
A helping hand… “Thank you, Lord”
James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
EVERY good and perfect gift… is from above. Maybe that’s why the ever-insightful Max Lucado says, “To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments.”
Today, be thankful. Frequently.
“Thank you, Lord.”
By Matthew Ruttan
–My podcast from Sunday was about how we respond to the increasing trouble and persecution we face as Christians today. You can watch the video here. (For the audio only go here and scroll down.) Remember that what Jesus says isn’t to scare you but to prepare you.
–My latest blog is “More than one or two “faith issues” at the polls.” Check it out here. Enjoy!
–Bible quotes from the NIV.