21 Days of Giving Thanks – Day 20

In an effort to emphasize the season of Thanksgiving, I’m celebrating it all through the month of November. Earlier I explained my 21 Days of Giving Thanks challenge (which you can read about here). It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is only one day away! Today, let’s give thanks for something else we don’t usually anticipate- but we should.

Day 20 – Give Thanks for Future Friends

Tonight I will take my family and attend a Thanksgiving praise service with dozens of people we have met in just the last few months. God works in amazing and mysterious ways, and our new friendships remind us to be thankful for God’s sovereignty. Who knows what new friends he has in store for you in the next month? You will meet new people, develop new relationships, and find more joy and meaning than ever before because God has good plans for you when it comes to future friends. This may be especially meaningful for you if you are about to launch into a new chapter in your life. Turn to God, thank him for past and present friends, and trust him to establish good friendships in the future.

Learn from Ebenezer Scrooge and his encounter with Christmast past, present, and future; you have the responsiblity to create a positive, Christ-exulting influence on the direction your future friendships take. It’s always wise to remember, “Many seek the favor of a generous man, and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.” (Proverbs 19:6) You can score some serious “friend points” this Christmas! Wait… how did we get on Christmas? But seriously, it’s no mistake that in my posts on giving thanks I have focused on past friendships, present friendships, and future friendships. They are all good gifts from God, and his provision for us in past friendships gives us hope for future friendships.

Challenge: Thank God for your future friendships in light of past and present ones. Ask him to quiet your anxious heart regarding any current or future relational tension, remembering how he has directed in your friendships in the past.

CP

21 Days of Giving Thanks – Day 13

In an effort to emphasize the season of Thanksgiving, I’m celebrating it all through the month of November. Earlier I explained my 21 Days of Giving Thanks challenge, which you can read about here. Today let’s focus on giving thanks for special friends from the past.

Day 13 – Give Thanks for Old Friends

By old friends I do not necessarily mean aged friends, but that may be the case for you. We all have cherished friendships from the past, and we share special memories God gave us at certain place in time. Is it any wonder that as we age we begin more and more to tell stories from the past? To some extent, the “good old days” really were just that. God made us with the ability to supress the little things that annoy us and hold on to the nostalgic memories of a happy past. When held in proper perspective, these memories are not bad.

Of course, we need to look to the future. We need to move on to the work God has given us. But at the same time, we would be losing a little bit of who we are if we failed to remember the friends from the past and the wonderful times we shared. In a world chock-full of broken relationships, it’s a blessing to meet an old friend, smile, and reminisce.

Challenge: Thank God for the good friendships you have had over the years. Contact an old friend and let them know you appreciate them, are thinking of them, and praying for them this Thanksgiving.

CP