“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?'” – Hebrews 13:5-6
I just read this passage this morning, which I find very fitting as tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Not that I only want to be thankful for what I have one day of the year; as I said, I came across it this morning. I have been trying to do what this passage says in the beginning, which is to ‘be content with what you have’ and it’s not always easy because human nature is to want more and greater things. However, I know that I’m blessed just with what I have and honestly, I don’t need more than what I have. I have food, I have shelter, I have clothes, I have my health, my family and so many extras that I really have nothing to gripe about.
If I ever do feel like I need (or should I say want?) more, then I remind myself of those who don’t have what I do. There are so many people that struggle to find food or a place to stay warm and it breaks my heart that these people are out there struggling while a majority of us are about to stuff ourselves silly tomorrow on a holiday that is supposed to be about being thankful.
I mean, I guess as long as we’re thankful for the food we’ll be eating tomorrow, that’s good, but it doesn’t excuse taking it for granted or eating more than what we need to and being wasteful with our food. Personally, if we have leftovers we make sure to give plenty away because there is no way that my mom and I will eat all the food we’re cooking tomorrow (though it is less than previous years).
I guess this was God’s way of reminding me that tomorrow is Thanksgiving and not “stuff-yourself-silly-while-other-people-are-starving” day.