Sunday Wisdom: November 26 2017

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

Colossians 4:2 ESV

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

1 Timothy 4:4–5 ESV

Thanksgiving is the traditional time to reflect on all we have, how we were given it, and for expressing our gratitude. One of the downsides to traditions however, it that they can become rote and lose the meaning they once had unless you remember why they are there.

There is a spirit of unthankfulness pervading our current culture. Whether its forgetfulness (common among us men who focus on fixing the problems we have instead of on giving thanks for what we have), bitter spite (common among the feminists, who resent having to acknowledge any men, even the ones who love them), or simply taking things for granted (common among everyone in the first world), we forget or refuse to give gratitude to those who have richly blessed us.

Let us resolve ourselves then to show gratitude to our wives for their homemaking and raising our progeny while we are at work. Let us show love to our children who will love us without reservation in spite of the ways we might fail as parents. Let us give thanks to our parents for how they loved and raised us, whether it was to show us the best way to raise our children or to provide a warning about how not to.

If you are a wife reading this, show gratitude and respect to your husband for leading and providing for your family. Our mission is to build him up, but the thankfulness of a wife can provide him with more motivation than you realize.

Finally I would like to thank God. I give him glory for what he has created, and utter gratitude to Christ for his death that provides us salvation. May you all come to the saving faith in Him.

I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving weekend with family, and let that spirit of thankfulness persist until Christmas. Have a good Sunday.

PS: I would also like to thank you for being a reader and commenter. I would also like to thank Jak, J Nyx, and our guest commenters for their support and wisdom.

  • Jak

    Couldn’t do it without you Cynic. Thanks for all your support.

  • Murdoc34

    This isn’t very cynical, Cynic.

  • Jim Johnson

    Nice article Gratitude is one of those traits that cannot be easily faked and therefore must be internalized. It is a sense of humility in that you realize the blessings you enjoy are not only because of you.

    My wife and kids are a serious responsibility but they are the greatest source of joy in my life. Acknowledging that will manifest in how I treat them from day to day

    • bem

      If one catalogs one’s good fortune honestly it can be overwhelming.