Posted by: SandreS | November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Day vs. Daily Thanksgiving

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Many years ago as a teenager, after reading Paul’s many exhortations to continued thanksgiving, the thought occurred to me: Instead of one day dedicated to “thanksgiving,” wouldn’t we be better off dedicating one day to murmuring and complaining, and the remaining 364 to thanksgiving? Instead of a special day of thanksgiving, why not make every day a holiday of thanksgiving as unto the Lord?

Now obviously it would be ludicrous to have a day set aside for complaining, but is it any more ludicrous than devoting only one day to thanksgiving? I am certainly not advocating a day of complaining; but it is a thought that has returned to me every year of my adult life. Although I certainly enjoy a day to break from the normal activities of life and spend it with family and friends, is not “normal” life the real place to give true thanksgiving? Should we not be thankful every day? Should we not have a heart of gratitude even in the middle of trials? Should not every day, for the believer, be Thanksgiving?

One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike (Romans 14:5).

Clearly, as believers we are not bound by man’s traditions, national or otherwise. Why not, then, joining with our Apostle of Thanksgiving, let us rise to a much higher plane and make every single day our own special holiday of Thanksgiving to the Lord? Let’s devote ALL of our days to giving Him the worship of thanks.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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