I don’t like Turkey Day! I remember watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade a few years back. The television hosts reminded me several times it was Turkey Day. After the parade the networks broadcasted football games where more references to Turkey Day were made. It seems many would rather recognize the turkey than acknowledge God. It makes me wonder who the real turkeys are. In an earlier day Pilgrims gave thanks to God. After them, George Washington pointed our hearts toward heaven. Here’s a portion of what the father of our country had to say:
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country . . . .”
God’s people have always recognized our Heavenly Father as the source of all of our good.
Shout with joy to the LORD, O earth! Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (Psalm 100 NLT)
This weekend put your name next to Washington and the Psalmist. Give credit where credit is due! Take the time to pause and pray. Thank God, that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.
FOCAL POINT: Tape a one-dollar bill to your refrigerator. Every time you see the face of Washington let it remind you to give credit where credit is due.
Copyright © 2009 Tommy Kiedis