Thanksgiving Day is a time of thankfulness and being thankful for all our blessings. However, for many singles it’s simply another holiday to survive, and a reminder of how lonely and frustrating life can be without the emotional and physical intimacy of a mate. That’s why showing thankfulness is difficult for many of my Christian single friends, especially during this time of year. Do you feel the same way?
A Tradition of Thankfulness
In answer to this need, each year we usually have a big Thanksgiving Day feast at my house for unattached singles. One of the highlights is that in between stuffing our faces with turkey and anything else not walking off the table, we would share our thankfulness for what God has done in our live the past year.
Thankfulness is a hard thing to fake. But ever so slowly, trickles of thankfulness would pour out of hearts, some of which were heartbroken, and spirit of rejoicing would begin. The feeling would be the same one would get when the warm sun starts breaking through the clouds on a somber day.
Thankfulness Observations for Single Christians
Listen I haven’t figured out all this thankfulness stuff yet, but here are some things I have observed:
- We are commanded of the Lord to show thankfulness with a grateful heart.
- Thankfulness in our hearts unleashes the power of God in our lives, because it lets God and the Enemy know we trust and believe in His power and provision, come hell or high water.
- Thankfulness means we’ve made peace with our past, and are content in our present circumstances. Unthankful folks are constantly referring to past “what ifs and if onlys”. What a drag!
- People who show thankfulness spread a contagious spirit of faith and joy to others. I guess that’s why God wants us to show thankfulness. These thankful souls are able trust God for big things in the future.
We said earlier it’s hard to fake thankfulness. Yet God tells us to be thankful. Are you feeling unthankful this day because of your present circumstances of being single or any other issues going on in your life?
Here’s what we do at our yearly feast:
- Get out a piece of paper and begin listing everything (and we mean everything!) you can show thankfulness for in your life. You may feel this a lame idea and not likely to work. Don’t let those negative feelings to control you.
- As you list your blessings, think about what God has to bring about each one.
- Begin to thank and worship Him for who He is, and let Him minister to your heart.
Bible Verse of Day
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.