As we enter this time of year during this the Thanksgiving season, we found ourselves pausing to give thanks. Thanks for what we have and as well for those who are a part of our lives. And yet within a window of just a few hours we find a dichotomy of actions and behaviors that gives us pause as to what really stands as the most important thing.
Even as people are finishing up their Thanksgiving meals the focus and attention of far too many is on the “Black Friday Sales.” People camping out all night to be first to enter stores; people standing in lines that circle the store in hopes of getting that special offer of the day. Some people will even going so far as to forgo their Thanksgiving with family or friends in order to fulfill a goal of being “first.”
Actions as such surely do speak louder than words. “We gather together to give thanks for what we have” it would seem has given way to “We seek to acquire what it is we want, and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it.”
Looking from the outside in, one can’t help but to wonder as to what really is the most important thing? Is it in fact a sense of gratitude for what we have, or an attitude of what ever it takes to get what I want? Wants versus needs, desire versus contentment. If by chance perception is reality and seeing is indeed believing, then ours is a society where wants and desires seemly have become the rule rather than the exception.
When all said and done, is this life merely about the desires of what we want, perhaps even to the point of eschewing the occasion to reflect and appreciate that which we have?
As Christians in days and times such as these the task of how to live and exist within a world that at times seems in direct opposition to what we profess is indeed a daily challenge. The world is saying and doing one thing and a remnant by definition steadfastly remains true to the call of being a peculiar group.
And as we who are Christians continue to be the exception rather than the rule, we do so knowing that in life, “we have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. We have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
For we know that it is God who has and continues to supply all of our needs. Not as such our wants, but most of all our needs. For times such as these……the need of a loving God and his presence in our lives is truly what should define the essence of what our season of Thanksgiving is about. Let us take time to pause, reflect and most of all give thanks to God for how he has and continues to bless each and every one of us daily.
To God be the glory………………
Alan T. Black