Summary: How many times we realize all God´s blessings in our lives? This sermon is focused on how much we get from our Lord. Every day there is something to be thankful for.
The sermon starts with the video “I Choose Thankful”
Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving – for some people it is just a day
off which extends a weekend; for others it is a good chance to see their
relatives and have good food. – Nothing against it but for many of them
the day of giving thanks will finish on Tuesday morning when they will
get back to work and start their everyday routines – that moment they
begin to complain about a terrible life, about all those difficulties,
problems, troubles, and inconveniences they must face day by day.
For us Christians, however, this day should be a moment when we look
back on previous days and realize God´s presence and His active work
in every moment and situation of our life, even though sometimes the
circumstances are not always the best. In fact, they may be downright
bad, but still, we look for something to be thankful for! And there is
ALWAYS something good for which we can be thankful!
So, today I want to look at three areas of our life which give us
opportunity to give thanks to God. Let´s look at our blessings from an
outward, inward and upward perspective...
1. An outward look will reveal thankfulness for what I have...
In the 1st Tim 6:17 we read, “Command those who are rich in this
present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is
so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with
everything for our enjoyment.”
To better understand our situation here in Canada, let´s look at our world
and how it would look like, if we could shrink the earth’s population to a
village of one hundred people: There would be 57 Asians, 21 Europeans,
14 from the Western Hemisphere, and 8 Africans. – 50 of them would suffer from malnutrition and one would be near death. – 80 would live in
substandard housing. – 70 would be unable to read. – 6 would possess
more than half of the world’s wealth and all would be from North
America. – If we attend church without fear of harassment, arrest,
torture, or death, we are better off than 3 billion people in that regard. If
we have money in the bank, food in the fridge, clothes on our backs, and
a roof over our heads, we are richer than 75% of this world.
We often overlook our blessings because many of them we understand
as a standard living condition. We really don´t know what we have until
it is gone. – Our power is shut off, and suddenly we become thankful for
electricity. Our garbage is not picked up, and suddenly we become
thankful for the garbage collector’s weekly stop. A good friend dies, and
suddenly we discover how much that person meant to us.
Some people may say, “I am really content with what I currently have...”
– I am really content – until I start looking through the Sears catalogue.
– I like my car – until I see the newest model of Lexus. – I am satisfied
with my clothes – until I stroll through the Mall. – I love my home –
until I think of what it would be like to have a log cabin on the shore of
some remote lake. – I am satisfied with every area of my life – until I
start comparing with someone else’s life. – I really feel like I have
enough of everything – until I see someone who has more.
Let’s not be far-sighted. We should focus on and look at that which is
near and what we have! The secret of a satisfied life is not to get what
we want but to live with what we have. – Most of us spend our lives
concentrating on what we don’t have instead of thanking God for what
He has provided us for living. Then we wake up, our life is over, and we
missed the beauty of the present.
The Bible tells us – “give thanks” in all circumstances even if you
sometimes have less than you think you would deserve. If you trust in
God, He will always provide you with enough for your daily life.
2. An inward look will reveal thankfulness for what I go through...
Psychologist, Dr. Dale Robbins writes, “I used to think people
complained because they had a lot of problems. But I have come to
realize that they have problems because they complain. – Complaining
doesn’t change anything or make situations better. It amplifies
frustration, spreads discontent and discord, and can invoke an invitation
for the devil to cause chaos with our lives.” Complaining makes us
In Philippians the Apostle Paul says, “Do everything without