By Bob Hardison
Q: School has started and I am still not able to buy my children the shoes they need. Last week our washing machine played out. To top it all off, my work is reduced because of bad weather. What is there to be thankful for this Thanksgiving?
A: I know it’s hard not to be discouraged when your circumstances seem so dire. My heart goes out to you.
While it is difficult to see what you have to be thankful for, perhaps it would help you to change your perspective. What if you and your wife were unable to have children? What if one of your children was born paralyzed and couldn’t wear out shoes? What if you didn’t have a job at all and could not find one? Thankfulness is not a question of whether or not we have a lot but whether we are thankful for what we have.
We are blessed to live in the greatest country on earth that affords us many opportunities and privileges. God is good and He blesses us abundantly. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).
Giving thanks to God on Thanksgiving Day is important, but remember giving thanks is not a one-day matter. It should be an everyday affair. Giving thanks is always in season.