One year ago, my second writing for this great ministry was about the Thanksgiving celebration/holiday that we hold each year. The article titled “Thanksgiving: A Day Of Thanks Is Also, A Day To The Lord” and looking back over a year, it amazes me at how much has changed but it reminds me that regardless of how much changes, what will not change is how great our God is and how thankful we, as Christians, should be: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Looking back over a year, I can’t help but see just how different life is. While many of the things are the same, not everything is. Some of these changes have made life entirely different including the loss or departure of certain people and life lessons that allow us to see that life, while complicated, is a great journey and we should never take it for granted. Life, in itself, is something to be grateful for: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
From the first writing to the second one about Thanksgiving and so on has allowed me to see just how wonderful of an opportunity serving Christ truly is. We, both as Christians and Americans, are truly blessed beyond words but I am convinced that, as people, we will never truly be alert of how blessed we are until we no longer have such blessings. Sadly, by then, it’s often too late as what we have become what we had but as I have grown in Christ, I have truly learned what it means to be blessed. It’s not about having the best of everything or the most of anything but rather, being happy in the blessings you do have and this lesson has changed my life: “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” (Ephesians 5:20).
There are many people to thank for where I am including my parents and the founder of this great ministry, LaShon Bush, and so many others and every list is this way. There are so many people to thank for the blessings, both good and bad, as the good shows us just how good life is and the bad shows us just how good the good really is and in all things, we give thanks to God for God is the cause of all things and despite what we do, or do not do, God never leaves us nor will He forsake us and His sacrifice on that cross is the greatest sacrifice of all time. Regardless if we celebrate or honor this particular day of thanks, we should remain grateful and thankful to God for all He has done and still does: “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15).