The Bible commands the child of God not to worry. Instead, a child of God is to be thankful (Philippians 4:6). Yet, many Christians lie awake at night focused on inadequacies and question if there is anything at all to be thankful for. “Is there anything to be thankful for?” It’s a good question. One easily answered by just a little thought. A THINKING person will quickly become a THANKING person.

Life. If reading, we are alive or comatose depending on how much turkey we’ve consumed. Recent statistics state that if we simply go back 10 generations (250 years), the chance of each person being born is 1 divided by 6 x 10100. Thus, the very fact that we’re reading, sitting, working, trying, and dreaming, is a gift appropriating thankfulness. There were trillions of others who weren’t blessed with conception, let alone the experience of life. 

Breath. Most of us haven’t thought about our lungs today – Not, until we read this sentence. Breathing is involuntary, but not guaranteed. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute the following happens every breath: When you breathe in, or inhale, your diaphragm contracts (tightens) and moves downward. This increases the space in your chest cavity, into which your lungs expand. The inter-costal muscles between your ribs also help enlarge the chest cavity. They contract to pull your rib cage both upward and outward when you inhale. As your lungs expand, air is sucked in through your nose or mouth. The air travels down your windpipe and into your lungs. After passing through your bronchial tubes, the air finally reaches and enters the alveoli (air sacs). Through the very thin walls of the alveoli, oxygen from the air passes to the surrounding capillaries (blood vessels). A red blood cell protein called hemoglobin helps move oxygen from the air sacs to the blood. At the same time, carbon dioxide moves from the capillaries into the air sacs. The gas has traveled in the bloodstream from the right side of the heart through the pulmonary artery. Oxygen-rich blood from the lungs is carried through a network of capillaries to the pulmonary… 

Thousands of times each day a miracle happens inside of our chest. We never give it a thought. A Mighty Designer spent marvelous time to contemplate and fashion each of us and even now operates time and space to maintain our active spirit on planet earth. It is breath in the lungs that propels the vocal chords in praise, so let us all find time this holiday season to shout out the Creator’s excellence, using His design as an expedient vessel unto His glory.

Food. Recent polls state that half the world’s population is hungry and 22,000 children die each day of starvation. Americans have raised 242 million turkeys this year and will eat 2.4 billion pounds of sweet potatoes. Before we raise our glass to toast, each of us must find a quiet place to bend our knees and pray. While we pray let us not forget to supplicate on behalf of all those who are hungry this holiday season.

Rescue. A most grave mistake of this holiday would be to celebrate the physical blessings while ignoring the spiritual ones. In Psalm 103:2 David said, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.” In short order, David begs, “I won’t remember all God has done but I must not forget all God has done!” Every child of God must take time to contemplate the essential brilliance of his heavenly election – That God the Father and Jesus the Son determined before time to call him home, forgive him of penalty, and usher Him into heaven as a child clothed in royal robes. The hope of Christ inside the heart supplants all fear and removes any inadequacy prompting the deepest of thanksgivings.

Promise. In 2 Corinthians, the apostle Paul showcased a deep and undistracted gaze upon the things of heaven, even admitting that he’d rather be in heaven than on earth. When was the last time we truly contemplated heaven? Have we read recently of the rapture, the twinkling of an eye, the trumpet sound, and rising to meet Christ in the air? Have we marveled at the marriage supper prepared by Christ? Dwelt long on the mighty elders that surround the throne room worshipping day and night? Do not let a day go by without picturing the Mighty Savior atop his white horse, returning to earth in conquering form. With we as his army and the sword of light blazing forth to defeat earth’s army of rebellion. True joy comes from accepting the undeserved status of being a royal heir. Give thanks!

The true child of God will be thankful for they have been designed, maintained, chosen, rescued, blessed, and promised. What else can they whisper but, “It is well with my soul.”

Posted by Anthony Wood

Anthony is Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA, and has authored the books Defining Church & Defining Family. He’s married to Bre, and they have three children.

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