Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Here’s something to ponder as we head into that time-honored holiday: the Bible is clear that a thankful heart is one of the distinct signs of a right relationship with God:
Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
In fact, the Bible says that one of the greatest transgressions that an unbelieving world commits against a loving and holy God that created the universe is that they are not thankful:
Romans 1:21 – For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
This Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to express our gratitude to God who has saved us. It’s also a time of family get-togethers. Many of our beloved family members may not know Christ. There is always a delicate balance between speaking the truth and doing it in a gentle and respectful way, especially if we are met with skepticism, opposition, or even hostility.
Here are a few great conversation starters as you’re sitting around the dinner table (remember that the best prep is to answer these questions yourself so you’re ready for a deep and meaningful conversation if the Lord leads):
What are you thankful for this year? To whom are you thankful?
What has this last year been like for your family? What are you looking forward to in the next year?
What is one memory from the past year that you never want to forget?
What is something that another person has done for you to help you be more thankful? What can you do for others?