During this Thanksgiving week, I would like to ask … no … I would like to urge and plea with you to take your normal Thanksgiving routine and up it, deepen it, transform it, … whatever you want to call it; but in some way, shape, or form, I would like to challenge you to make a concerted effort to give your thanks to our Lord with more than words. Let Him receive your effusive words of thanks, for sure, but let Him receive thanks that are so thankful, that it results in some action that you joyfully and whole-heartedly do that honors Him and helps Him feel closer to YOU.
“… have we ever given thought as to how close God feels to us?”
I know that we always gauge the level of our relationship with God by how close we feel to the Lord, but have we ever given thought as to how close He feels to us? Let’s spend some extra effort this Thanksgiving drawing nearer to the Lord and giving Him the gift of time.
Some suggestions for this include:
- Planning a time for a more special time with the Lord during your personal devotions/Bible study, preparing for and treating your time with Him like you do when you meet with someone special. Perhaps dress up for the occasion or meet with Him at a special place. Special things often happen at special places and events!
- Write Him a letter of gratitude and appreciation (not the same as journaling)
- Serve someone in a way you normally wouldn’t/don’t in Jesus’ Name – on His behalf, with His flavor, essence, generosity, and warmth.
- Share of His goodness and beauty to friends/people who haven’t yet seen or beheld Him as good and beautiful yet.
- Create something for Him that highlights and honors Him – poetry, music, art, crafts, etc.
- Commit to extra diligent study and understanding of Him and His things – i.e. review TD material (messages, studies, blog essays/videos/podcasts), review SS material, read a book, listen to a message or teaching series, etc.
In this spirit, I offer you the 12-minute video above from one of my favorite Bible teachers, John Piper, on “Loving Jesus More Than Life.” Enjoy.