Faith Time

Faith Time: Thanksgiving spirit

Mobile, AL (WKRG) - Pastor Micah Gaston with 3 Circle Church in Midtown Mobile talks to us about cultivating a spirit of thankfulness in our own lives.  Here is a look at our conversation:  

Chad:
So, Thanksgiving is this week, why is giving thanks important?

MICAH:
  Thanksgiving is important because it’s not just a day on the calendar it’s an approach to life.  Thanksgiving is ultimately a celebration out of the goodness of God. James tells the New Testament that every good gift comes from God. This is what theologians call common grace. Even people that are not followers of Jesus are recipients of God’s common grace that is given to all of creation. But also Thanksgiving is a celebration of God’s specific gifts of the gospel. Every follower of Jesus celebrates the reality that Jesus came to live the perfect life we cannot live, die the death we should’ve died on the cross l, and rose again the third day. This is the greatest gift we celebrate it we could never pay back to God.

Chad:
How does being thankfully start with your attitude?

MICAH:
  Thanksgiving is a mindset. It is a wellspring from which other things flow. Having a thankful attitude helps us to be able to appreciate the things we have so that we do not live in a constant state of discontentment. We can truly be thankful for what we have.  We can be content with the things we have without always longing for more. Here’s what a thankful train of thought looks like each car connecting to the other: thankfulness leads to contentment, contentment leads to generosity, generosity leads to Joy..

Chad:
How does living thankfully give you a grid-work for approaching how you use your resources?


MICAH:
 When we can live from a disposition of thankfulness and contentment then we can begin to ask good questions like “is a need or want.”
 Needs= food, water, shelter, clothing (these are necessities.)
 Living from‘ a position of thankfulness helps us see the needs that have been met in our lives rather than living in a state of desire for the “wants” in our lives.

Chad:
  What are some practical ways to cultivate Thanksgiving?

MICAH:
Start with making a list of 25 things that you’re thankful for.  
Pick out two or three people that you’re thankful for and jot them a thank you note for the impact they made in your life.  
The last way seems counterintuitive. It’s to find some ways to give back around Thanksgiving and the holidays. Giving away to others makes us more aware of what all we really have.


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