Gratitude

Tom the TurkeyIt’s that time of year again. A time when family and friends come together in a celebration of gratituted and love and to eat one of millions of slaughtered turkeys.

It’s a time to be thankful for all that God has done for and with and through us in the year prior. Of course, we should always be thankful, but today we focus and embrace our thanks. I, personally, am thankful for God’s love, as much as I don’t deserve it, and the friends that he has brought into my life and the fact that he has taken someone as screwed up as me with all my faults and shortcomings and insecurities and used him to make a difference in the world.

If you are reading this, then you are very blessed, no matter what country you are from. Just the fact that you have Internet access proves that you are living in a state of blessing.

There are over a billion people, right now, on this planet who survive on less than one dollar a day. Over a billion who can’t even afford to put a meal on their family’s table on a consistant basis. Over a billion in a state of extreme poverty.

Let's do our best to end world poverty.I believe it is our responsibility to do what we can to rectify this tragedy. As the blessed, top percentile of wealth on this planet, we need to do our part to bring aid and meet the needs of those who so desperately need our help. It is a concept central to Christ’s teachings while here on earth. We are blessed not simply to get rich or for the sake of blessing, but we are blessed to bless others. Now, I know that we will never completely irradicate poverty from our planet. As long as there is sin there will be those who suffer. But we cannot sit idly by and squander our money and blessings on frivilous things and drink our $12 Starbucks lattes while there is a child starving to death in Africa or Honduras.

Now, I’m not saying its wrong to have nice things. Far from it. From a previous post, you can see that I am contemplating going out to buy a new laptop on Black Friday. No, having things is not the evil. But when we have “things” and completely ignore the cries of the impoverished, that is another story. It is not right. It is sin.

So, this Thanksgiving, wouldn’t it be an awesome sign of gratitude towards God for his rich blessings upon you to give back to those in need. There are so many ways you can help. Visit the “Give Love” page at the top menu for some areas. Perhaps you can sponsor a child through Compassion or World Vision. Perhaps you can bring AIDS relief to Africa through 1Life. Perhaps you can add your voice to the One Campaign. Perhaps you can bring fresh drinking water to those who have none via the Blood Water Mission. There is so much need and so much opportunity to meet that need.

Let’s show our thankfulness for how much God has done for us not only in words or a pleasant little prayer at dinner time, but let’s show him how thankful we are by taking his blessings and passing them on to others who really need them.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

2 Replies to “Gratitude”

  1. Hi William! I work with the ONE Campaign and I just came across your blog, and I wanted to say thanks for the post regarding ONE and what it really means to be thankful. I also wanted to see if it might be possible for ONE to add your blog to our list of supporters? We’re currently in the process of updating and restructuring our blog page,in an effort to build up the poverty/AIDS blogoshpere, and we would love to add yours to our supporter list. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have, at: meagan@data.org. Thanks again for your support, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Meagan McManus
    The ONE Campaign
    meagan@data.org

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