A Thankful Heart                                                                                                                          Andy Hollifield 11-24-16

I want to begin by wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. This is the one day each year set aside to be thankful for our blessings. If we are honest about it, we should be more thankful the rest of the time than what we are. The word thanksgiving is mentioned in the scripture 28 times in twenty-seven verses. In Leviticus 22:29, the bible says “And when ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the Lord, offer it at your own will.” We can thank God anytime we want. The other sacrifices, under the law, were always done on a specific schedule except for the thanksgiving and peace offerings. Psalms 95:2 says “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms”. We have all got a lot to be thankful for. As I look back at the events of my life, I can remember certain years that held traumatic circumstances. This time in 1983, I had recently came home from the hospital after having a kidney transplant at only 18 years old. In 1994 my wife and I had just found out we were expecting our first child about this time only to find out a month later she had miscarried. In 2007, we had only about 6 weeks before, just buried my dad. In 2011, I was still trying to recover from a hip replacement that had failed and was unsure of my future or if I would ever be able to return to work and provide for my family. In 51 years of life there have been a lot worse times than right now. I am sure if we all take inventory of our lives, we have seen things a lot worse. Everyone has hard times and difficult circumstances in their lives. Psalms 34:19 says “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” Truly in all my circumstances the Lord has delivered me and always proven, like he told Paul, his “grace is sufficient” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

So as you go about your day today and enjoy the blessings that God has blessed you with, don’t compare your blessings to those of other folks. There are always going to be those that are less fortunate and those that may have greater wealth than we do, but compare your blessings to those of your past. Whether things are better or worse for you than they were in the past, if you are honest you must admit that God has always been faithful. As a friend of mine once said; in all your circumstances you can find the “fingerprints of God” in your life. That my friend, is truly something to be thankful for! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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