Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and soon we’ll have the opportunity to eat way too much food, watch a ton of football (with a food-coma nap during the third quarter), and enjoy lots of fun with family and friends.
And somewhere in the middle of it all, someone will remind us that we should take the time to give thanks for all of our blessings. And, because we do have so much to be thankful for, we will. But why wait? Why not give thanks now and every day.
Not too long ago I was reading from the book of Ezra in the Old Testament. The book of Ezra is the story of Israelites returning to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple of God. With the support of the king of Persia and under the direction of Ezra, workers began to rebuild the temple from the ruins. After the work had begun, but before it was completed, they gave thanks. This is what is recorded in Ezra 3:10-11:
“When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the Lord, as prescribed by David king of Israel. With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: ‘He is good; his love to Israel endures forever.’ And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.”
When I read that passage, I was struck by the fact that they people didn’t wait until the entire temple was complete to celebrate. They didn’t focus on what hadn’t been completed yet; instead they gave thanks for what God had done. Instead of waiting to raise the roof, they danced on the foundation.
If you are like me, you can spend so much time focused on what hasn’t happened yet, what you don’t have, or how you wish things were better that you can miss out on what you have to be thankful for today. Don’t have your dream home yet? Give thanks for the housing you do have. Still working to get that promotion? Thank God that you have a job in this economy. Waiting for a national holiday to count your blessings? Why not take time today and give thanks for the people and things that God has filled your life with? Don’t wait. Give thanks.Journey Church
Lead pastor Darrick Young
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