Radical Thanksgiving

openhandsYou feeling the holiday cheer?  As Thanksgiving approaches, let's examine what drives our gratitude.  Usually it's our circumstance that drive our 'thanksgiving.'  In 2 Corinthians, Paul encouraged the Corinthian church to find another source -- “for you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).  When we understand how much we have been given by grace through Jesus, Paul's command to "give thanks in all our circumstances" (1 Thess 5:18) begins to make sense.  It's not so much a command to be something that we are not, but a command to be who we are.  The radical generosity of God in our lives leads to a radical form of thanksgiving that gives thanks in any and all circumstance.