Thankfulness and Praise

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming soon (3 1/2 weeks), I have been thinking ahead to my traditional Thanksgiving week posts.  I have been challenged to come up with a philosophy or thankfulness statement.  This has been a thought in my mind for at least a couple of years.  I am still working on it, but plan to post it on Thanksgiving Day.  Praise and Thanksgiving can get lost in the midst of the difficulties, but God is still good.

Will you praise and thank God with me?

Psalm 103 1

Who Owns Everything

With Thanksgiving coming in a little over a month, I think it helps to remember who owns everything.  The greatness, power, glory, victory, and majesty belong to God.  Too often we want the greatness – and then we will be thankful.  However, there is more to be thankful for when we realize despite the fact that we deserve nothing but punishment, God still wants to have a relationship with us and bestow good gifts on us (James 1:17).

God is so good.

1 Chronicles 29 11

Don’t Judge a Book (or a Garage) by its Cover

As people drive up to this garage, they probably wonder what it is for.  There isn’t a house in sight, but it is outside of town so it is not unusual to have extra buildings.  What one would not expect is that this building contains a living space.  No really – this garage was turned into an apartment.  A friend of mine lives here.  As my active (sometimes overactive) brain thought about this, I knew I could write a blog post.

How often do we look at the external and think we have something figured out?  Truthfully, looking at this building and thinking it is a garage would be a valid assessment.  This building was built as a garage.  However, at some point the owner turned this into a living space.  On the left side you will find the kitchen and bathroom, behind the big garage door is the living room and to the right are a couple of bedrooms.

I know for many this illustration will be a bit of a stretch.  However, I have noticed in life that we have the tendency to decide we have the correct information without taking the time to verify what we think we know.  No matter how obvious something seems, we (as flawed human beings) are capable of misunderstanding.  So the next time you decide you have things figured out, ask God.  He can show you what you don’t know.