Thanksgiving afternoon. The meal is more than likely over. The kitchen is clean. People have gone. Life is back to normal. At least the best normal that we know it. Where do we go from here now that Thanksgiving Day is over?
Let’s think about it. Thanksgiving is a day that people have to focus on being thankful. I have this joy on thanksgiving. People calling, people texting and seeing friends who are thankful. For me this is pretty amazing. Yesterday I sat with people who were just broken. They are at the end of their rope. Finances are shot. Holidays are not exactly the best time for them. They had many family members die over the past three years. This isn’t an uncommon story. All throughout the year I hear many sad stories. Some that keep me awake at night. Now it’s over, Thanksgiving, what do we do?
Two words that were always said to me was be content. I HATED hearing those word. I know, I shouldn’t be that way but I really did. I always wanted more. Let’s look at one verse from one of the heavy hitters in the Bible named Paul. He was talking to the people in the Church from Philippi. They provided some needs that he needed as a missionary. He was letting them know about him being content.
“I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.” Philippians 4:11-12
Here is what Paul was saying: He found the power of contentment. Contentment means “to be self-sufficient” or “to be satisfied.” It is the same word translated “sufficiency” in 2 Corinthians 9:8. It indicates independence from any need for help. He will be OK in whatever situation because he knew God will provide everything. Everything as far as joy, food, clothing, satisfaction and so on.
Let’s continue to be thankful. On Friday, on Saturday and so on even when things don’t go our way. Let’s be thankful that Jesus changed our life. Let’s be thankful for the day that God has given to us. Let’s be thankful that God is gracious and constantly giving us things we don’t deserve. Let’s be satisfied in heavenly things. Let’s be thankful for the sake of the Gospel and the advancement of the mission of God.