Seated around the Thanksgiving table were Dennis the Menace, his parents, and their next door neighbors, the Wilsons.
Beginning with Dennis' dad, Henry, one by one they told what they were thankful for. Dennis' dad said he was thankful for "the love of my life and our son." Dennis said he was thankful that Christmas was just around the corner. As Dennis' mom looked at the Wilsons, she declared that she was thankful for friends. M rs. Wilson expressed gratitude that they all could be together. There was a long pause as the group waited for Mr. Wilson to speak. Finally Mrs. Wilson said, "Well, George?"
Finally, grumpy Mr. Wilson said, "I'm thinking. I'm thinking."
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I want to encourage you to think about what makes you thankful this year. To prime the pump, let me suggest a few things that may not readily come to your mind.
First, think about the not-so-good parts of your life right now and be thankful that no matter how difficult things are, it could be worse.
Second, think of the trials that have come your way in 2014, and be thankful that those trials have given you opportunity to prove God and yourself faithful.
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Third, think about how old you are, and then be thankful for the fact that no matter your age, God is not through with you yet--that you still have something to contribute to the kingdom of God.
And last, think of the sins with which you have struggled in 2014 and be thankful that in spite of those sins that remain in your life even after knowing Christ for however many years, God never has, nor never will forsake you because of them. In other words, thank God for His grace, not only that He saved you by grace, but also that He keeps you saved by grace.
Now finish the rest of your list. May God grant you and your family your best Thanksgiving ever!