Luke 17:11-19, Philippians 4:4-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:18,
For many people, especially in this world, Thanksgiving is a sad time. Believe it or not, it is a difficult day for many, many people. And I went to a simple story that was written in the Gospel according to Luke about 10 lepers who where cleansed, who were heals by the Lord Jesus Christ and their experience of gratefulness, how they express their thankfulness for the Lord for what He did for them.
I want to ask you just a simple question. This is Thanksgiving week but what are you thankful for? Have you thought about it? Many of us, if were ask about what we are thankful for, we will have a very politically correct answer, very normal answer, very… an answer that basically everyone on this floor, in this location can say the same thing. But believe it or not, there are some today and this week who are asking this question, “Thankful for what?” We live in a world that has molded us to think that everything we have and everything we accomplish, we did it. We did it with our strength, we did it with our smarts, we did it with our energy, we put a lot of time into this, so everything I have I earned it or I deserve it or I got it because I… I… I… did what I did. And you know if you look at it from the world’s point of view maybe you are right, but the reality is how many times the world has given us any kind of input with relation to our God and they have been right? Very view times I have seen the world come up with something that hey… makes sense from God’s point of view… very, very, seldom.
I don’t know about you, but I can write a book about the things I’m thankful for. Wouldn’t make it to the top 10 but because many of you would probably agree with me, but in 61 years you kind of pile up reasons why you are so thankful for and there are so many things. We start with family, we are thankful for our wives, our husband, our children, for our grandchildren, for the dog, the birds, the roof that we have over our head and we can keep going on and on and on, but if you think about it, if you live in a world that teaches you that everything you have you fought for it, you earned it, you put all your energy into it, you really did all the legwork to get what you have and to be where you at, what can you be thankful for.