November 29, 2013
The Day After
November 29. It's the day after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving - you know that day where we stuff ourselves (not the turkey) with delicious food, play games, visit with family and say we're thankful for the blessings of our life? Yeah, that day. Oh, but today's the day after, the day some people call Black Friday, and are we still thankful?
Are we truly thankful for all that abundance of scrumptious food, more than enough, when millions of people don't even HAVE enough? Are we thankful for that running and warmed water that we showered in this morning, and the clean H2O we drank after awaking? What about that nice, big house, and cozy, warm bedroom with a comfortable bed? Are we really thankful for these things, or do we just take them for granted? Oh, and I didn't mention the electric washing and drying machines to wash our abundance of clothing, those smartphones, tablets, computers and mp3 players, and those two nice cars able to take us comfortably hundreds of miles in a matter of hours. When I think about the fact that there are people in the world that live in a house smaller than my bathroom, and don't have ready access to education and information, I look at my family and see how rich we truly are.
And we're out there on Black Friday, or now on Thanksgiving night, fighting over things we don't really need - which we probably won't even remember next year at this time - and all this on the day after (or day) we politely thank God for our blessings.
Really, what is material stuff? Ultimately, it's just that: stuff. And stuff that will burn in the end. Even what is our life? It's just a vapor, a gust of wind, here and gone in perspective of eternity. And we waste that vapor of a life gathering stuff that's just going to burn? People. People, and their souls, that's what lasts forever, and that's what we should be concerned about gathering - for God's eternal kingdom.
So, as I'm sitting here on a smartphone, typing in a warm, large house, with an awesome family, I want to thank God for everything, blessings and trials. And, I want to consciously thank Him everyday, and in every situation.
Remember, it was ingratitude that caused the first generation of Israelites out of Egypt to die in the wilderness, long before they ever saw the promise land. Let's be thankful every day, not just Thanksgiving. And let's remember that things are temporary, but people last forever.