Today is the day that we all sit down with family and eat and eat and eat. While we’re doing that I have a few things that I’d like all of us to think about. Part of this month’s theme has gluttony in it. Gluttony is usually associated with food, but let’s take it to the next level.
Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for what we have. Gluttony is the opposite of that. Webster defines is as “greedy or excessive indulgence”. So why talk about this on Thanksgiving? We, as a people, need to learn to be thankful for what we have and be content. The marketing companies in this country are always about having more, or better. We find ourselves wanting more.
I’ve been there. We were pretty poor, on Food Stamps and Assistance. One year the local church came with a box of food, a turkey with all the trimmings. Needless to say, I cried, and I felt so humble. Here I was feeling bitter because we couldn’t afford the whole meal and the Lord stepped in and had these wonderful people bring it to me. Yes, I was very thankful that year.
But I still wanted more out of life. I wanted the house, the car, the job… all the things that this world tells us we must have. Didn’t matter that we had a roof over our heads, food to eat and a vehicle to drive. I wanted better. I won’t go into how the Lord brought me to where I am today, but let’s just say that life has never been easy for me.
Through all these years I’ve learned to be content. Content with what I have, which is more than what many others have. I have a wonderful family, a roof over my head, food to eat and a loving church family. What more could I want?