Summary: Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what God has done for us and to show Him An Awesome Appreciaiton for ALL He continues to do in our lives.
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This morning we will sit and have a wonderful Harvest Dinner together, we will eat to our heart’s content and we will be blessed by food and fellowship. But, this is the time of the year, that we have reserved, to give thanks for all we have. I think, personally, we should give thanks everyday for what we have. BUT, I know that what we have to be thankful is all a matter of having the right perspective.
One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?" "It was great, Dad." "Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked. "Oh yeah," said the son. "So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father. The son answered: "I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them." The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are."
Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have.
This morning I want to talk about having An Awesome Appreciation for ALL that God has done for us. I want to look at the scripture and see what we should be doing to show how thankful we are for God and what He has done for us. Let’s face it, not everyone shows God the appreciation that God deserves. As a matter of fact many times in the Bible we see people who were less than appreciative. If you have your Bible with you this morning, please turn to the Gospel of Luke, chapter 17: 11-19, I will be reading from the Living Version.
Luke 17:11-19 As they continued onward toward Jerusalem, they reached the border between Galilee and Samaria, 12 and as they entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, 13 crying out, "Jesus, sir, have mercy on us!" 14 He looked at them and said, "Go to the Jewish priest and show him that you are healed!" And as they were going, their leprosy disappeared. 15 One of them came back to Jesus, shouting, "Glory to God, I'm healed!" 16 He fell flat on the ground in front of Jesus, face downward in the dust, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a despised Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, "Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the nine? 18 Does only this foreigner return to give glory to God?" 19 And Jesus said to the man, "Stand up and go; your faith has made you well." (The Living Version)