This is my favorite time of the year. It’s a time when the extended family comes together to count their blessings and people, as a rule, think about others (even if it is for a short period of time). For us Christians, this shouldn’t be any big difference than the rest of the year. After all, we have that blessed assurance in the hope of Christ Jesus so what is there to get us down?
The joy from that realization should burst forth from us on a daily basis. Jesus told the Pharisees that if the people held back their praise the very rocks would cry out (Luke 19:38-40). In this season of Thanksgiving, we have the most for which to be thankful. The Bible tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). This kind of praise is infectious. It spreads quickly throughout a workplace shining His light in the lives of people who are constantly bombarded with complaints and negativity.
1Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. – Psalm 100:1-5
True thankfulness starts with genuine infectious praise from a grateful soul. Would your coworkers recognize you in the Psalm above from David? Are you bringing this light into their world, or is it time to call on the rocks?