Each year in America we take one day to focus on all the things we are thankful for. We call that day Thanksgiving Day. This all started in 1615 when the Pilgrims held a great feast to give thanks for the 1st year’s harvest. Later in 1863, President Lincoln declared the day a National Holiday. Over the years, Thanksgiving has lost most of its meaning. Sure families gather around the table for a special meal and say a prayer of thanks, but for the most part it ends there. They are all too intent on heading out to the mall to shop for the latest gadget. They just take all of what God has given us for granted, and most don’t even acknowledge Him.
As I was thinking about this article, I looked up some information about just how fortunate we here in the U.S. really are. The average income is $51,939. That puts the average American in the top 0.28% of the wealthiest people in the world. Even someone making $20,000 (minimum wage) is still in the top 2%. 1.3 Billion people live on less than $1.00 per day. We in America take so much for granted. We have so much to be thankful for and that isn’t because we have money. Yet we are always complaining we don’t have enough. We have clothes to wear, plenty of food, homes, cars, clean water to drink, health care, and so much more. The fact that someone dies (usually a child under 5 years old) from starvation eve- ry 3.6 seconds in the world and people gripe if they don’t get to stop at Starbucks for a $3 Latte just astounds.
We as Apostolics have something even greater to be thankful for. We know the truth and we have the freedom to
worship. See worshiping God is a crime punishable by prison, torture, or death in over 50 countries. Over 150,000 Christians are martyred each year but in most churches the Pastor has trouble getting folks to come to church more than once a week.
Yes, I am grateful for all the things God has given and continues to give me and my family. However, it is His Spirit within me that I am the most grateful for. He died and rose again to save us from our sins. And when this life is over we get to spend all eternity in Glory with Him instead of spending it in a burning lake of fire. We get to serve the One True Living God, Jesus Christ. We are His children and He calls us by name. We can never be thankful enough for that. He is our Joy and our Peace. Oh hallelujah, thank you Lord for saving even me!