Thanksgiving has two good words. They are "thanks" and "giving."
The word "thanks" means a good feeling that you have towards someone who has helped you and given something to you. The word "giving" means to put into the possession of another for his or her use.
When I think about someone who has helped me, and helped consistently, it is Jesus Christ. What's so cool about Jesus is He doesn't need anything outside of Himself to help me. He is enough and His help is sufficient.
When I think about His help, I can't help but thank Him for His help. In retrospect, He comforted me in my trouble. He held me together when life was falling apart. He pushed me through every rough spot. He kept me moving by faith when the devil wanted me to stop.
When fear generated from anticipation of the unknown, it was His Word that wiped out my feelings of worry and panic. When the enemy came in like a flood, it was His love that hid me in the secret place of the Most High.
When friends walked away and people let me down, He never failed me, left me or disappointed me. He stayed on the ship, in my storm, until I arrived safely to the shore. He did not let my circumstances control me, but His power controlled every test and every problem in my life.
Because of Jesus, I survived difficult times. I conquered every battle and won every war. I beat the odds in 2013 because of His help, and that's not all.
He gave me peace when I should have been confused. He gave me joy when I should have been sad. He lifted me when I should have been down. When the enemy planned a horrific car accident to wipe me out, God protected me. The only thing totaled was the car. He kept me and my two sons safe from harm and danger. The Lord helped me!
He counted me in, when others deleted me. He paid every bill. He met every need and opened doors that were designed to remain closed. He has been downright good to me.
When I think about what He's done this year, I can't help but thank Him. As a matter of fact, I am having a "thank you fit" as I write this article. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus.
The Bible tells us to give thanks in everything (I Thessalonians 5:18). We often complain to God about all the bad things that have happened to us - things we did not deserve, and definitely did not want. But if you have lived to tell the story about the bad things, it means you made it, so give God thanks.
Things may seem to be bad, but we are told that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. This is another good reason to give Him thanks.
My friend, if you think, I'm sure you will have to thank Him too. Think about His goodness. Think about His blessings. Think about His favor. Think about His love. Think about His healing power. Think about His help. And when you do, I believe you will join me in having a "thank you fit" this holiday season.