Here’s a thought from an old Greek that may help you to gain insight into the beauty of the special day.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” Epicurus.
I was especially touched by “remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
People often permit disdain for current blessings to ruin deep appreciation for the present blessings because we focus so much on what we lack that we forget how dearly we longed for some of the things and people we presently have been given to enjoy.
I take heart in enjoying the things and people of now, realizing that each comes from the hand and heart of Christ who loves me and gave Himself for me. I do have blessings that in times past were only misty dreams. But, because the Lord has entrusted these blessings to me, I do harbor a hope for the future dreams I long for. Paul taught this principle in Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Paul emphasized thankfulness for present blessings, not to be worried about the future, but in thankfulness of heart and faith for the future to go ahead and make requests concerning your hopes and dreams for tomorrow.
It would be a good exercise this Thanksgiving Day to sit down and make a list of the things/people in your life that at one time were only a dream, and now you would be deeply grieved if they were lost to you. Alongside of this list, make another of people/things you would love to have in your life. This list may contain only things/people approved by the Lord. Remember, He said, let your requests be known unto God.
I am at a loss to adequately express the manner in which my heart has been touched by the phrase, “remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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