Thanksgiving has come and gone. Did you think about what you were thankful for? Undoubtedly, most of us spent our time thinking about turkey and cranberry sauce. Even those of us who jot down a few things we are thankful for don’t really mean it or don’t really understood why we’re thankful for them. And even if we don’t say it, acting like this is as if we’re saying “Thanks…I guess” to God. He has given us so much, and we tend to thank Him for so little. Even when we do thank Him, as I said before, we may not be sure why we’re thankful. Let’s take a look at a common area of thankfulness: Friendship.
Have you ever made a list of the top-ten things you are thankful for? If you have, the first one (or two) was probably family and friends. Since we’ve been going through The Friendship Series, I’d like to focus on why we’re thankful for friends.
Friends can be so many things. They can be a support when times are rough. They can be happy with us in times of joy, and they can be sad with us in times of sorrow. They can defend us before our enemies. They can encourage us to do what is right, and they can keep us from doing what is wrong. I can go on and on with this list, but the point is this: Do you ever think of these things? Do you ever appreciate your friends being there for you? Have you ever told them that you are thankful they are in your life? We may think that telling our friends that is obvious, but the truth is, it’s not. If you fail to tell your friend that they are meaningful to you, they will most definitely fail to realize that on their own.
When we have a good friend, there are two things that we should do. The first one is to tell your friend that you are thankful that they have always been there for you. Word it however you want, but tell your friend that; it will be a blessing for them to hear that from you. Secondly, thank God for putting that friend in your life. Often, we will forget to thank God for the most obvious things in our life. On the other hand, after countless prayers, we may forget to thank God one we receive what we asked for. He deserves thanks for everything. Everything He does for us is for our good. We need to tell him more than “Thanks…I guess”.
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