I’m an avid football fan. This last weekend while watching, a commercial came on for my wireless phone carrier.  Have you seen it?  It’s their ad for black Friday and it is literally called “Thanksgetting.” I won’t go this Friday, but sometime next week I will be switching carriers—it literally upset me that much.

For me, Thanksgiving is the best holiday…seriously. Maybe Christmas or Easter should rank higher, but for me Thanksgiving is the best. You see, I am not a very thankful person most of the time. Christmas and Easter are easy to celebrate—it’s all right there in front of you. The birth and resurrection of Jesus for my eternal salvation are super easy to be thankful for. But the other 363 days are what get me. 

It’s usually busyness that causes the lack of thankfulness. Moving from one thing to the next, one person to the next, one thought to the next—rarely taking the time to notice all the blessings. Did you know that even in secular counseling cultivating gratitude is literally a coping skill? Being purposefully thankful literally makes you feel better. Funny when you think that most people in the world can learn to be grateful for the things they “get” but have no idea who to thank for those things. 

Anyone can count their blessings, but do we? And among those blessings, do we count faith? “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him ” (Colossians 3:17).  Paul sets out some rules and regulations in his letter to the Colossians and in this verse directs us to give thanks to the Father through Jesus in ALL things. For all the blessings we receive in life, for all the opportunities in front of us, for our very faith in the redeeming work of Christ, we are instructed to give thanks. My lack of ability to be thankful on a daily, if not momentary, basis is a problem. Not only does it devalue my blessings and cause my heart to be less grateful, but it calls to my attention a missing mindset that God wants me to have because of what he, in Christ, gave me. My “Thanksgetting” means I get to spend eternity in heaven! What a daily celebration of Thanksgiving that needs to be. 

I’m not sure how I’m going to get through the Packers vs. Bears game Thursday night when the “Thanksgetting” commercial comes on—probably switch the channel—but my prayer for myself, my family, and all my LWMS friends will be that we make thanksgiving the habit God designed it to be, not only because of all the things, people or less tangible blessings, but because we “get” to be forgiven and we “get” to be at peace and we “get” to share that with others.

A blessed Thanksgiving in HIS service!