From Matt Wiegand…
If you had a gauge to measure your thankfulness, what would it read?
Sitting here on Thanksgiving morning, listening to worship music, waiting to go to Grandma’s for lunch and thinking of the things I am thankful for.
I recently taught in SonChasers and we read the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15. If you don’t remember the story, read Luke 15:11-32.
I want to focus on verses 20-24.
And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. (Luke 15:20-24 ESV)
We know the son chose the wrong path, but came back to the father. The father was so THANKFUL, full of love and full of forgiveness for the son. We know Jesus told this story to help us understand our heavenly Father’s heart for us. We also know we should strive to live with the same heart as our Father.
Through all things, God is thankful, Jesus was thankful and we should be thankful like them.
Today as we are praying, what are areas in our lives that God wants us to be thankful for. I know I take many things for granted in my life. I want to be like the Prodigal and run to my Father with a thankful heart.
Today my gauge is reading fuller than other days. I pray God will help you and me to be more thankful each day as we get closer to being with our Father.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2 ESV)