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The Power In Thanksgiving

Weekly Devotionals

The Power In Thanksgiving

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Since I wasn’t scheduled to preach to our main congregation, as well as the fact that our Children’s Ministry was a bit undermanned due to the long Chusok Holiday, for the past two Sundays, I had the privilege and honor to speak into the lives of the beautiful and precious children of the Jubi-Sr class. And as usually is the case when you’re serving the Lord, the one serving is at least as blessed as the one being served! I experienced this on multiple levels these past two weeks but I wanted to take the time to share about one of the ways that I was blessed by the Lord this past Sunday, especially in light of the fact that it was Korean Thanksgiving.

The Jubi-Sr worship service begins with an activity time to break the ice but also to help the children to start focusing in on the Lord. The activity this past Sunday was to write down what the children were thankful for (since again, it was Korean Thanksgiving). However, when I mentioned that this was going to be the activity, one of the children blurted out, “I have nothing to be thankful for!” (with a sour face of course ^^). To this I said, “C’mon, there has to be something that you can think of that you’re thankful for, no?? You just had a long vacation and spent time with your family and friends, so try to think of something, ok?”

So this child began to think and soon after started to write and when it came time to share, this child ended up being the one with the longest list of things that they were thankful for! AND ON TOP OF THAT, this child’s demeanor had COMPLETELY changed from being a frowny faced, disengaged kid, to a smiley, bubbly one, happily participating in all the different parts of the worship service that came thereafter. And what was the pivot point that helped to make this change in this child?? Simply, choosing to think about all those things for which this child could and should be thankful!!

In such, I saw again with my own eyes, the power in thanksgiving, and therefore, why the Lord wills us to be those that give thanks in all circumstances. Why?? Well like it was for this child, it’s because thanksgiving gives us eyes that see with hope and eager expectation rather than with pessimism and doubt, thereby helping us to be in the right posture to receive even more things to be thankful for!

So brothers and sisters, no matter your situation, let us always be those that take a moment everyday, to think about and list out the things for which we can and should be thankful to the Lord. For this will surely help us then, to be those readied to really live out a life that glorifies God in hope, eager expectation, and even greater thankfulness; with a smiley, bubbly face, happily willing to participate in all the different aspects of life that the Lord leads us into! AMEN!!

Happy belated Chusok everyone!

With Love.