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Are you ready for a Thanksgiving boost? Most of us need it more than we realize! We are bombarded with bad news daily. Arguments, verbal insults, bickering and fighting are commonplace. Whining and complaining are a way of life for many people. When all those negative messages sadden your heart and weigh you down, you need a Thanksgiving lift!

Historically, Thanksgiving is a national day set aside for us to focus on God and to remember his many blessings. The “Thanksgiving Timeline” by the Library of Congress indicates that Thanksgiving is our oldest American holiday. Clearly, our forefathers understood the importance of giving pause to reflect upon the goodness of God and to be thankful. A review of the circumstances surrounding Thanksgiving proclamations issued throughout our American history reveals that virtually all of them followed some very dark and difficult days.

Our forefathers understood a biblical principle we need to reclaim. The human spirit is lifted and hope is renewed when we focus on God and his blessings. Our soul finds strength and our hearts are satisfied when we set our minds on God and his goodness. This is how David, was able to proclaim: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I have what I need” (Psalm 23:1, CSB). David understood that when God is all we want, he provides all we need.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He never complained. He constantly offered thanks for what he had and miracles followed. Similarly, the Bible says the early followers of Jesus “received their food with glad and generous hearts” (Acts 2:46, ESV). Thankfulness, and humble gratitude for what we have, lifts the heart and soothes the soul. When we declare what we are thankful for to other people, that simple declaration makes a positive impact. People are reminded that despite feelings of lack, or want, they can still be thankful.

You can experience a spiritual and emotional boost. You can bring positive change to your relationships, your home, your friends or your workplace. Ask God to help you. Ask him to give you a grateful heart. Decide today that you will become a thankful person — not just on Thanksgiving Day — but every day throughout the year. Happy Thanksgiving!

Killingsworth is pastor, College Avenue Baptist Church, Normal. Contact him at cabc_clark@yahoo.com.

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