November 19, 2018
Good morning, friends. As I prepared to write this week, my mind went to a rather unusual place. I read a devotional in Jesus Always that brought to mind a TV series that was popular back in the 1980’s called The A Team. It was about a team of ex-special forces soldiers who come to the aid of those in some sort of desperate need. One of the members of the team was played by a former wrestler known as Mr. T. In many episodes of the show, he was the hero that swooped in to save the day. When I read the devotional that I want to share with you today, the thought occurred to me that we often need our own Mr. T to come be our super-hero. That Mr. T is THANKFULNESS! Sarah Young wrote these powerful words that led to these “A Team” thoughts:
“Thankfulness is the best antidote to a sense of entitlement, the poisonous attitude that ‘the world owes me’. This misconception is epidemic in our world and it is contrary to biblical teaching. One definition of entitlement is the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something. Thankfulness is the opposite; a grateful attitude for what you already have! Thinking that you deserve more than you currently have will make you miserable, but a grateful attitude will fill you with JOY!”
How appropriate are those words in light of the fact that this is Thanksgiving week. How often do we focus on what we don’t have and forget to be thankful for what we have? A dear friend of mine gave me a plaque that has these profound words on it:
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”
Take a second and read that again. Better yet, let’s all commit that one to memory. It will be a great reminder to us all, as we move into the busyness that goes along with the holiday season, to stop, think, and thank the Lord for all He has done for us, is doing for us, and will continue to do for us in the future. Let the Mr. T of Thankfulness swoop in to save the day!
I will be sharing some extra thoughts with you throughout this week as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. But, right now, I invite you to take a moment and think about what you are most thankful for. Then turn that into a song of praise to our Lord, who has given us so much. He gave His very life for us when He died on the cross. He gave His all. Can we give any less?
“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others He has redeemed you from your enemies.”