Matthew 5:3 - Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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Thanksgiving season many times brings out gracious attitudes. We may not have in mind the correct origins of Thanksgiving. Our history lessons may be a little watered down as to what really happened. Today it seems more focus is on turkey and dressing, pie and cranberry sauce, and spirits of gracious, generosity, and gratefulness.
Many other times of the year, even Christmas, can be so much about consumption and self. I mean, Thanksgiving can be about consumption as well, and gluttony, but the overall attitude is one of humility and thankfulness.
That’s really what Jesus was teaching believers should be like in the kingdom of God, in Matthew 5. The Beatitudes display this same spirit of humility and graciousness. Blessed are those who are dependent on God, rather than themselves. Blessed are those who know what it means to have nothing, but then have everything in their relationship with God. Blessed are the meek, the merciful, the peacemakers. Blessed are those who turn their hunger toward God, not this world.
This Thanksgiving, as you turn your mind toward what you’ve been given that you don’t deserve, turn your heart also toward what you can give that this world desperately needs. Think about the blessing you can be with the right attitude and frame of mind. Yes, you are blessed in many ways. Yes, you can be a blessing in greater ways.