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AN  ATTITUDE  MORE  THAN  AN  EVENT    

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. 6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; 7 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert, 9 where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did. 10 For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.” 11 So I declared on oath in my anger, “They shall never enter my rest.” Psa. 95:1

AS WE CELEBRATE THIS THANKSGIVING IT’S IMPORTANT TO LOOK UP   Abraham Lincoln in his Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863 said this: The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. He goes into a brief mention of the waste and loss of the war that is underway. How industry continues and the population grows and all of it is because of God. In Lincoln’s day abd right up to this minute, • people become so puffed up and prideful of their own abilities that they need to be reminded to be thankful to God. • We even forget to pray and ask for mercy. • We forget that everything comes from God.


The Psalmist said, it a long time before Lincoln.   • Today,  if  you  hear  his  voice,  do  not  harden  your  hearts  as  you  did  at  Meribah,  as   you  did  that  day  at  Massah  in  the  desert,  where  your  fathers  tested  and   tried  me,  though  they  had  seen  what  I  did.   • The psalmist is referring to the time when the people were complaining desert as they fled the slavery of Egypt. • They  accused  Moses  of  bring  them  out  to  the  desert  so  that  they  might  die  of   thirst.  

o Meribah = quarreling, strife; rebellion o Massah = testing. Both Lincoln and the psalmist speak to the basic flaw of mankind, • not being satisfied with what we have. • Developing an attitude of entitlement: “I deserve it.”     When  King  David  wrote  this  Psalm  he  understood   • that Thanksgiving was an attitude cultivated in our hearts o It’s important because when gratitude takes root in our hearts:   § We are apt to repeat the mistakes of the past.   § And it helps us to move into a new day  

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness Lamentations 3 22

  So it’s important on this new day is to LOOK UP  

   After  all,  He created us for His glory and so we should give Him the glory!

-­‐-­‐A  man  was  lost  and  walking  in  the  desert  for  about  five  days…he   comes  to  the  home  of  a  preacher.  Tired  and  weak,  he  crawls  up  to   the  house  and  collapses  on  the  doorstep.  The  preacher  takes  him  in   and  nurses  him  back  to  health.  Feeling  better,  the  man  asks  the   preacher  for  directions  to  the  nearest  town.  The  preacher  tells  him   the  directions,  and  offers  to  lend  him  his  horse.  The  preacher  says,   "However,  there  is  a  special  thing  about  this  horse.  You  have  to   say  ’Thank  God’  to  make  it  go  and  ’Amen’  to  make  it  stop."    


Anxious  to  get  to  town,  the  man  says,  "Sure,  okay"  and  gets  on  the   horse.  He  says,  "Thank  God"  and,  the  horse  starts  walking.  A  bit   later  he  says  louder,  "Thank  God,  thank  God,"  and  the  horse  starts   trotting.  Feeling  really  brave,  the  man  say,  "Thank  God!  Thank   God!  THANK  GOD!"  and  the  horse  is  soon  up  to  a  full  run!     About  then  he  realizes  he’s  heading  for  a  huge  cliff  and  yells   "Whoa!"  But  the  horse  doesn’t  even  slow!  It’s  coming  up  REAL   QUICK  and  he’s  doing  everything  he  can  to  make  the  horse  stop.   "Whoa,  stop,  hold  on!"  Finally  he  remembers  "AMEN!!!     The  horse  stops  a  mere  two  inches  from  the  cliff’s  edge,  almost   throwing  him  over  its  head.  The  man,  panting  and  heart  racing,   wipes  the  sweat  from  his  face  and  leans  back  in  the  saddle.  Gasping   for  air  he  says  with  relief,  "Thank  God."   In Looking up we should notice the presence of God • In Looking Up we should notice the plans of God   • In Looking Up we should notice the protection of God.   •

 

Having the right heart attitude helps us first to LOOK  UP And second A thankful  attitude  helps  us  to  LOOK  AROUND  

   

AS WE CELEBRATE THIS THANKSGIVING IT’S IMPORTANT TO LOOK AROUND  

says: for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care Verse 7

There is a certain blessedness of knowing we are under his care, Psalms 116, 118, 139 and yet we are prone to be shortsighted in that we don’t know what we’ve got until it is gone… until we lose it. Some people suffer from a condition known as MYOPIA of the heart • Medically speaking MYOPIA is the term  for  short-­‐sightedness  


• Spiritually  speaking  our  distance  vision  becomes  blurred,  we  don’t  

appreciate  the  large  picture  of  what  the  Lord  is  doing  in  our  lives

"A  lady  known  as  an  incurable  grumbler  constantly  complained   about  everything.  At  last  her  preacher  thought  he  had  found   something  about  which  she  would  be  happy,  for  her  farm  crop  was   the  finest  for  miles  around.  When  he  met  her,  he  said  with  a   beaming  smile,  `You  must  be  very  happy  Mary.  Everyone  is  saying   how  healthy  your  potatoes  look  this  year.’  `True  they’re  pretty  good,   but  what  am  I  going  to  do  when  I  need  bad  ones  to  feed  the  pigs.’" Does this ever happen to you? That you don’t appreciate all the good things that are happening because our minds are focused on the negative? • memory loss is one symptom our minds experiences when we deprived of sufficient amount of oxygen. o Ingratitude has the same effect •

A thankful  attitude  helps  us  to  LOOK  AROUND • you’re satisfied with what you have — that is until we start noticing what someone else’s has. • you’re satisfied with your life — until we start comparing with someone else’s life. WE’re looking around alright, but the problem isn’t our eyes, its our heart. •

This is the job of modern advertisement. You didn’t know you needed something until an advertisement has told you that your life would better, more complete, happier if get o A new car o A new computer o The latest smartphone o A new golf club o A new job or new boss o A new tool, unless they are a set of Japanese chisels


I didn’t realize this until I saw an advertisement that informed me that I needed a  Set  of  10  Japanese  Chisels  made  of   Damascus  Steel  by  Teijiro  Ohkubo  on  www.fine-­‐tools.com.     I  didn’t  know  this  until  then.  But  then  you  might  ask  “How  did  you  find   this  website?”       “Well,  I  was  led  to  it.  But  I  can’t  positively  verify  that  the  leading  was  of  a   divine  nature.”  

  Sometimes  we  look  around  and  we  just  get  selfish.      

We  are  much  like  the  little  boy  who  was  given  an  orange  by  a  man.   The  boy’s  mother  asked,  “What  do  you  say  to  the  nice  man?”  The   little  boy  thought  and  handed  the  orange  back  and  said,  “Peel  it.”     In  regions  of  Mexico  hot  springs  and  cold  springs  are  found  side  by   side,  and  because  of  the  convenience  of  this  natural  phenomenon   the  women  often  bring  their  laundry,  boil  their  clothes  in  the  hot   springs,  and  then  rinse  them  in  the  cold  springs.     A  tourist  watching  this  procedure  commented  to  his  Mexican  guide:   "They  must  think  Mother  nature  is  generous  to  freely  supply  such   ample,  clean  hot  and  cold  water."  The  guide  replied,  "No  senor,   there  is  much  grumbling  because  she  supplies  no  soap."     WE  Christians  look  around,  we  see  through  a  different  set  of  corrective   lenses.         •

Looking around me I am thankful for the generous provision of our God.

• Looking around me I am thankful for the scenery which changes every season to something new and amazing.

   

• Looking around me I am thankful for the people that God has placed around me.  

We’ve LOOKED Up We’ve LOOKED AROUND, and now


How about LOOKING INWARD to ourselves? In a sense, thanksgiving is an expression of modesty. To offer thanks is to confess dependence, to acknowledge that others have the power to benefit you, to admit that your life is better because of their efforts. I am Thankful for... ....the taxes I pay (sort of) ....because it means I’m employed. ....the clothes that fit a little too snug ....because it means I have enough to eat. ....a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and ....gutters that need fixing ....because it means I have a home. ....the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot ....because it means I am capable of walking. ....my heating bill ....because it means I am warm. ....all the complaining I hear about our government ....because it means we have freedom of speech. ....weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day ....because it means I have been productive. [that’s sincere gratefulness]

The yearly celebration of Thanksgiving should only be highlight of a year of thanks-living The art of thanks-living. It is gratitude in action. It is thanking God for the gift of life by living it triumphantly. It is thanking God for your talents and abilities by accepting them as obligations to be invested for the common good. It is thanking God for all what others have done for you and


showing you’re thankful by doing things for others. It is thanking God for beauty by helping to make the world more beautiful. A sincere heart will recognize the privileges of serving God/others. An Inward Look at our Health Makes us Thankful. It is attitude that makes the event a true Thanksgiving.  


Thanskgiving an attitude more than an event