Summary: We can take God’s blessings for granted or with gratitude.
INTRO.- It’s Thanksgiving time!
ILL.- Someone said, “Thanksgiving is when millions of Americans get together to drink, talk, eat, and go home again. It’s known as the four G’s: giggle, gabble, gobble, and git!”
ILL.- Someone else said, “On Thanksgiving Day all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment - HALF-TIME.”
ILL.- One grandmother said, “As our family was enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, my four-year-old granddaughter stopped chomping on her drumstick long enough to look at her mother, smile, and say, “I REALLY LIKE TURKEY ON THE COB.”
Brethren, for many people, Thanksgiving is merely T-time, that is, Turkey-time!
ILL.- A couple of years ago a woman called the Butterball Turkey Talk-line (yes, they really have one!) with a minor emergency. Her little Chihuahua dog jumped into the bird’s cavity (you know, where the stuffing goes) and he couldn’t get out!
The woman tried pulling on the dog and then shaking the bird upside down, but nothing worked, that is, until the Talk-line suggested carefully cutting the opening a bit wider. It worked, and Fido was freed! What a dilemma!
Brethren, turkey is good on Thanksgiving, BUT BEING THANKFUL IS BETTER! Being a thankful person 365 days a year is better than having turkey any time!
I Thess. 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Many people want to know what God’s will is for their life. Well, His will is that we become thankful people!
ILL.- Someone said, “An ingrate is neither ‘in’ nor ‘great.’” Amen to that! An ungrateful person is certainly not a “great” person in God’s eyes.
ILL.- Someone else said, “Giving thanks is a course from which we never graduate.”
ILL.- Another person said, “If you have nothing to be thankful for, make up your mind that there is something wrong with you.”
No matter how little we have, we still have something for which to be thankful.
ILL- A certain business man said, “People are ingrates. It took me 61 years to find out. I have 175 employees, men and women. At Thanksgiving, I sent them 175 choice turkeys. Only four people thanked me. Two thanked me by sending a note and two verbally said, ‘thank you’ when they happened to meet me in the hallway. Because of their thanklessness, I’ve decided never to go out of my way to be nice again.”
I can understand something of how that man felt. If you just keep on dishing out and dishing out to people and you never hear a “thank you” or “God bless you for sharing” or whatever, then you would be inclined to stop dishing out good stuff!
BRETHREN, HOW DO YOU THINK GOD FEELS ABOUT US? What if He never heard a “thank you” from us? In any form or at any time? Do you suppose He might stop dishing out His good stuff? It’s possible.
For granted or gratitude? Are we taking our blessings from God for granted? Or do we express gratitude to God for His blessings?
PROP.- In this message I want us to think about these two thoughts.
1- Blessings - taken for granted. OR
2- Blessings - taken with gratitude.