Yesterday was the day a lot of us Americans were grateful and thankful for what we have and for the people we have in our lives. Today is the day a lot of people are standing in line to get bargains and deals and we forget about how thankful we are. What happens to our Thanksgiving vows? Should we limit our expression of gratitude to one day? The Lord says we should be grateful and thankful all the time. There isn’t a day that should go by that we are not thankful. We shouldn’t have a particular reason to be thankful. I have found more and more reasons to tell the Lord I was thankful but the number one reason is because I am so glad I know Him and I have Him in my life. How did I make it before I knew Him? That baffles my mind.
Today is a good day to decide that we will continue to be thankful and we will do something about our gratitude. What do I mean by that? We should spread the Lord so to speak. We should share the reason why we are thankful with the world. God gives so we can give to others. He gives love so we can love. He gives peace so we can share it. He gives joy so we can help others feel joy. He blesses us so we can bless others. After a day of Thanksgiving, today is a good day for giving back. Today can be the start of giving back all year. Let’s stay grateful and let’s be giving.
When everything is going well and we have the time of our lives, we can give thanks to God with no problem. It’s the day after a great day that can be difficult. The day after a day of thanksgiving can be tough if things are not going well anymore. Our goal is to continue with the praise and the gratitude on the day after thanksgiving and we ought to keep on being living testimonies for the Lord. When we can’t find any reasons to give thanks anymore is when we should be thankful even more. Finding the strength to continue and to keep on going when the going gets tough is the best way to stay strong during the day after thanksgiving. When the pain is intense, when God appears to be nowhere to be found, our message of hope to the world should stay unchanged. Our faith should never be based on the thrills of miracles, the joy of some good news or the feelings we get when we are happy.
Faith lives outside of feelings and emotions. It moves us forward even when we don’t know where to go. Gratitude is the language of faith and we should speak it all the time. If you are going through a Black Friday of sort today, a day where all seems dark, stay focused on the light. Jesus is still with you after the party, after the family gathering, after the joy of being with loved ones. He is the loved One that doesn’t leave your side. Your thanksgiving day is not over and it will never be over. Make sure you stay thankful after Thanksgiving and make every day a Thanksgiving day.
The day after Thanksgiving is another day for giving thanks according to the Word of God. There is no need to have a designated day to give thanks. Every day is part of the Lord’s sunny day and His smile can be found every day. When you are out of thanksgiving, look for God’s smile in your day. Find Him. Seek Him. Hold on to Him and smile back by giving Him praise. Thanksgiving should be a celebration in your heart of the One who gave you a heartbeat so you could enjoy every day in His presence. Stay in thanksgiving mode all year. Maintain a praise mentality and you will develop a positive mentality that will keep you connected to the Lord, the King of all positivity. The day after Thanksgiving is a day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it!
Suggested reading: Psalm 118:19; 1 Chronicles 16:34; Ephesians 5:19-20