From a Thanksgiving devotional that Loren taught so many years ago. *My Thanksgiving gift to you.

ONE CUP OF CONTENTMENT.

Contentment is very rare.  Neither the rich nor the poor are content.  Thanksgiving is rare as well.  A contented person recognizes that God knows best.  Whether God has chosen to give him much or little, it is the right amount from a wise and loving Father.  Such contentment must be learned.

TEN TABLESPOONS OF THOUGHTFULNESS.

Thinking of God’s many blessings will lead to thanksgiving.  So times of meditation are needed: short ones at mealtimes, longer ones on rising and retiring and regular ones in the Lord’s house.  If you think, you’ll thank.

SIX TEASPOONS OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE.

Only when we recognize that we have no claim to anything at all, will we be grateful for whatever God gives us. Those who presume that they deserve much do not give thanks but give vent to bitterness, envy, jealousy, and greed.  These consume and destroy, but thanksgiving brings joy and enrichment of character and courage for the days ahead.

“For who makes you different from anyone else?  What do you have that you did not receive?  And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not”    1 Cor. 4:7.

ALL IN A NEW HEART.

All of these ingredients are related.  A thoughtful person will be contented.  A contented person has faith in God’s wisdom.  A wise man knows both how small and how great he is.  And these graces will be developed best when Jesus rules the heart, turning it from greed and envy to service and thanksgiving.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since, as members of one body, you were called to peace, and be thankful” Col. 3:15.

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving week.

Marge

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