“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.”—WJ Cameron
When I think of the word “thanksgiving” I usually think of the holiday. I don’t think of it as an action, as something that is to be lived.
But that is exactly what it is.
Our actions should flow from gratitude. We are able to give because we are thankful to have received. We are able to serve because we are thankful to have been served. We are able to love because we are thankful to have been loved.
And that is thanksgiving. It is when our actions flow from gratitude.
But our actions and our hearts are frequently the opposite of it. We begin to believe that we should receive because we are entitled to receive. We begin to believe that we should be loved because we deserve to be loved. We begin to believe that we should be served rather than serve.
We are not called to be served though. We are called to serve.
We are not called to receive but to give.
We are not called to be loved but to be love.
We are called to live thanksgiving.
Make a list of different ways that you can give to others or serve others. Then pick something on the list and do it.
What do your actions flow from? When other people serve you or you receive something from someone, do you receive it with gratitude or do you feel entitled to it?