“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – I Thessalonians 5:16-18
 
In law enforcement, after every major event we did an “after action report.” We look at the event, what went right and what we might be able to do better next time.
 
I’d like to do that for a moment with Thanksgivings past. Think about Thanksgiving in general or maybe one specific Thanksgiving.
 
As you do, no doubt, there will be memories of food. Maybe some time in front of the TV watching football. Maybe it was one of those 3 AM shopping trips the day after. (I am much more inclined to be out at 3 PM on Christmas Eve).
 
As you think about these days, do you recall a Thanksgiving which stands out because you were truly THANKFUL?
 
That was the whole point of the day – remember? It’s easy to forget sometimes.
 
But, our thankfulness is a reflection of how we are doing in so many other ways. In fact, our thankfulness is a good thermometer of our spiritual health. In the verses above, our gratitude is linked closely with rejoicing and prayer. 

Our thankfulness is reflective of our spiritual health.  
 
So, as we make those last minute trip(s) to the grocery store, as we stuff the turkey and ladle the grave, let’s pause for a moment and remember it’s not all bout the food, football, family and friends – it’s about being Thankful.
 
My prayer for you this week is that you will be overwhelmed with an attitude of gratitude.

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