Forty three Foolish Reasons for not offering Thanksgiving – Part 1
Forty three Foolish Reasons for not offering Thanksgiving – Part 1
The month of November marks the beginning of thanksgiving for Nations, Organizations like Churches and individuals.
Maslow Hierarchy of needs reveal that as human beings we are faced with some basic necessities in life to survive with some varying priorities on the non basic ones. Some authors say they can be summarized to be the need for Money, Power and Sex.
The common list of needs /desires includes:
Other self actualization/ self esteem needs include
3- A good job,
4- Thriving business,
8-Nice clothes & shoes
10- Cars /Private jets
From the list of 10 above, you can easily figure out your forty three (43) reasons at least.
When you expand any of these parameters, you are likely to have another ten reasons for example, under item 7- Good looks, you will find here some common activities perceived to promote good looks:
Some want to change their weight, others their teeth others the shape of their faces : nose, eye brows,jaws,some their nails, some their bald-hair, belly and complexion.
Also under item 6-children, some people are praying to have just one child, others are praying for a particular sex, some want both sexes, others want a certain number, few want their babies to belong to a particular nation, particular family etc.
We can’t be more spiritual than Jesus who said ,as worldly as they appear we “need them all” not some of them. He actually knows our needs before we ask, even the shy ones we do not want to talk about publicly. In Matt 6:32 Jesus said Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat? ’ or ‘What shall we drink? ’ or ‘What shall we wear? ’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
As human beings, we would want to remove the curing process of time to bring about the addition of ‘all these things’ Jesus has promised without us asking in the first place.
In the bible, we are told in Ephesians 5:4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
The word “Thanksgiving” occurred 43 times in my bible the English Standard Version (ESV), also the word “Foolish ” occurred 43 times in my bible as well. When you are close to 43 years and question why some say ‘a fool at forty is considered a fool forever’ you may want to pause for a minute! Is this a matter of common sense, common signs or common science? While science may be a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the Universe but “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
It would seem natural to easily provide foolish reasons in daily conversations rather than to provide superior reasons for embracing thanksgiving in the very same situation that generated the matter and related narratives.
It is human for the couple trusting God for a child to forget they have crossed the stage of trusting God to have a spouse, shelter, food and good job or thriving business. In fact, it is because they have already one need met, that generated the other new need. If no spouse or marriage i.e. companion, you don’t complain about not having children. If you don’t have legs you don’t complain of flat feet or no shoes and ultimately, if you don’t have life or good health you don’t think of any of these identified or yet to be identified needs apart from getting well. Dead bodies don’t care about colourful burial or cost of caskets.
Like the song writer, ‘count your blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done’ and for those who can readily identify with numbers and probably don’t like to sing, let me translate it to a Thanksgiving Equation:
Tr = Fr X Kr where Tr= Thankful reasons, Fr = Foolish reasons, Kr= constant reasons and Kr = 43.
Simply put, It means for every 1 reason not to give thanks we have neglected at least 43 reasons ‘foolishly ‘we ought to be thankful. If we have two reasons then we have neglected 86 reasons at least to be thankful. Try the mathematics and it will surprise you ………
Tr = ∑_(i=0)^n 43(Fr)
The next time the nth reason(s) for not offering thanks comes across now you know there are 43 times nth reasons to first of all be thankful for and not to foolishly neglect.
In part 2 of this episode we shall take individual inventory to see “all these things’” that have been added unto us . Also x-ray American Thanksgiving and Black Friday gathered data to explore its usefulness for strategy, planning for Kingdom expansion.
Short History of American Thanksgiving- The true essence
It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States since 1623 by Governor William Bradford.This was even while America was still under British rule before their independence until led by general George Washington to war against British. Thursday, the 19th day of February, 1795 was thus set aside by George Washington as a National Day of Thanksgiving.
Many years later, on October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, by Act of Congress, an annual National Day of Thanksgiving “on the last Thursday of November, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” In this Thanksgiving proclamation, our 16th President says that it is…
“…announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord… But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, by the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own… It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people…”
The sermonized quote above was from an American president regarding the true essence of thanksgiving. This gives an insight to the part 2 of Forty three Foolish Reasons for not offering Thanksgiving – also a two page write up. For more Inspirational Leadership posts please visit the website www.sidfoundation.org
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