A Word of Thanks – Devotion 201

Gratitude should become a way of life for us.  It should already be a part of the way we live, function, and communicate.  When we approach life with gratitude, our perspective changes.  We are seeking things for which we are most grateful.  We are purposely finding ways to express our thankfulness.  We are approaching Thanksgiving, so the month of November often evokes that image of gratitude.  We are given a platform to spring our thankfulness forward.  We have a reason to be grateful – it is a holiday that tells us to do it.  So we take the time to at least make some go at it.  

But today also reminds us of gratitude.  It is Veterans Day – thanking those who have served our country to ensure the freedoms we basically take for granted every day.  We were able to participate in the democratic process of voting.  So much drama has surrounded the election, but the most amazing part is we have this opportunity to have our voice heard.  Many men and women have fought hard to give us this privilege.  We have the freedom of religion.  This is often misunderstood, in my opinion.  The beauty for me is this freedom allows us all the opportunity to worship as we feel led.  We have the opportunity to choose where to worship and how to worship without fear.  For someone who has grown up in church, this is something I don’t always consider.  But for those who are in this country and have not had this opportunity, I see this freedom in a whole new light.  No one is telling us how we must worship and where.  Regardless of beliefs, we have the freedom to worship.  There are so many more freedoms we experience each and every day.  Today, I am most grateful to have these freedoms. 

This may just be the day to really focus on all the many things for which we are thankful.  Gratefulness can be extended to God for the air we breathe and the life we live.  It carries through to the women and men who have faithfully served our country.  It should become a part of our views as we meet people who help us throughout the day.  Rather than living as though we are privileged, today we should live grateful. 

I will begin – THANK YOU!  Thank you to those who serve and have served our country so we can be free.  I am most grateful.

Focus Scripture:

Colossians 3:14-15

14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

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