Rejoice in Thanksgiving

Written By Eddie Duke

I want to close our journey to Thanksgiving with how we began this month.

We began with a simple passage in I Thessalonians 5:16-18 that several people have committed to memory.

Rejoice Always. Pray Constantly. Give thanks in all things. For this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. 

It dawned on me the other day that a lot of commentaries, reviews, op-eds, and writings that I read today begin with something similar to these words: “2020 has been a very difficult year…”

Difficult, hard, depressing, tough are just a few examples of the adjectives that have been used to try to sum up this year. I’m kind of wondering if it still needs to be noted that 2020 was off. I think that everyone probably knows the truth of what 2020 has been like.

I am thankful that God doesn’t begin with these adjectives.

Instead, God begins with these words – “Rejoice always.”

An examination of Jesus Christ arriving and you will find that God begins the Christmas story with more occurrences of joy and rejoicing than you probably realized were in the story. I believe God begins with joy because what I have found in our journey to having a thankful life this week is that our ability to be thankful is directly related to our perspective and outlook. It is how we begin the story that really will determine the direction. 

I hurt my shoulder a couple of years ago and went to the hospital. Man, it really hurt. Everything I did until they fixed it, I did from the perspective of what my shoulder felt like. The way I sat, the way I moved, the way I walked. Every action and step that I took, I took with how it was going to impact my shoulder.

What if my perspective and outlook changed to one of joy? I believe that if I began with that perspective, it would directly affect the way I am thankful. Why don’t we try it this Thanksgiving? I am thankful for you. Have a Joyful Thanksgiving!

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