Thanksgiving: Do I have to say the words “I am thankful” in order to be thankful?

Do I have to say the words “I am thankful” in order to be truly thankful?

For my American readers Canadian Thanksgiving is in early October, which is what got me thinking about this.

FYI: We still eat turkey with all the trimmings.

At my parent’s after we consume an abundance of Turkey and potatoes we go around the table and say what we are thankful for from this past year. I don’t love the tradition, I don’t really remember how it started – as far as I know its been that way since the beginning of time. My husband thinks its weird and actually inspired this post.

Here is the question: If I say: “You know what? God has just blessed us so much this year.” Does that mean last year He didn’t? Or that next year He might not be as generous? Does that mean if the good things that happened to us this year aren’t replicated or enhanced next year that God didn’t bless us? That I am less thankful? Because that isn’t going to work. Can you picture it? My turn at the table “Oh well you know, last year God was just amazing for us, and this year – not so much.”

Everyday is a gift, everything we have is a gift. And you know what the Bible says about gifts James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights”. Now I don’t want to get into this tangent but I do believe God works with what you are willing to put in. If I sit on the couch for 360 days a year and then ask God to help me loose 50 pounds, He’ll probably smirk a little and give me a negative response. Could He vanish 50 pound from my waist? Yes, but would He? Probably not. Now if I work really hard and I ask God to bless my efforts will He? I think He will. I think that applies to all areas of life – God is not a genie.

Now – back on track. I am thankful. I am thankful for everything! Everything I have is from God. I can’t begin to cover all of the blessings physical, mental, and emotional that I have received in a 30 second blurp after a thanksgiving meal. So I guess I’m saying… I don’t know what I’m saying.

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