Turkey is Temporal Thankfulness Shouldn’t be!
In God we have boasted continually,
and we will give thanks
to your name forever.
The turkey is now irrelevant. Just days after the great turkey cram is over we find that it is a temporal and short-lived holiday. Turkey from Thursday is now nothing more than a leftover on the second shelf beside the untouched casserole. Irrelevant because most people had their fill and have finished reaching under the aluminum foil sometime over the weekend. Irrelevant because even looking at a piece of leftover turkey would cause most to groan.
It is hard to imagine that Americans consume upwards of 46 million turkeys on thanksgiving. Which translates to over 700 million pounds of turkey. We might be able to say that those thighs went straight to our hips. A moment of transparency will lead me to say that I am not much on turkey. In order, not to deviate I won’t go into my suggestion to replace turkey with chicken.
What I am more interested in is for us to see that turkey is temporal and thankfulness shouldn’t be. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that we set aside to spend time with family and to reflect on God’s provision and graciousness in our lives. Turkeys come and go but thankfulness shouldn’t.
To be grateful past the time it takes dad to fall asleep on the couch we must have a perspective that being thankful is not supposed to be temporal. We must think in ways that cause our minds to reflect on God’s faithfulness in the past and His eternal salvation He graciously gives to those who surrender to Him as Lord and Savior.
Being thankful is to have the understanding that we have nothing apart from God. We must understand that turkey is temporal (whatever the “turkey” you fill your life with), but God’s goodness is eternal. We must comprehend that after we come out of the turkey coma we are again left hungry and in need of another meal. We must understand that no matter what I fill my life with outside of the Holy Spirit it must be consumed again, because the temporal cannot fill the eternal.
To be continually thankful is to see life through the lens of eternity. To be thankful is to understand that it is God who provided the turkey, the stuffing, the pie and it is only by His goodness that we have anything. We must understand that to neglect such truth is to neglect the works of God, to diminish our need of Him and to intrude on his graciousness with selfishness. To neglect giving thanks would be to only look at one rock in the shadow of Mt St Helens, to enjoy the bone without ever tasting the mouthwatering delectable meet that was on the bone.
Let us look up to the goodness of Jesus in a more grateful, continual way that displays our gratitude to him despite the desire to focus on the temporal which desires to take our eyes off God’s goodness. Let’s make a list that we can see weekly; on the fridge, in our computers, framed on our walls, that display God’s provision, care, and love for us, so that we may place our attention to a place that gives edifies that which is eternal.
“Truly, we have much to thank God for, but if we would be thankful, we must set our hearts to do it with a will. We grumble and complain without thought, but we must think to give thanks.” Samuel Logan Brengle
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