"Gratitude is elusive because we’re easily duped into thinking that an eternal hunger can be satisfied with temporal things." --- Joseph Rhea
It is Thanksgiving week! This is my favorite holiday, by a long shot. I love the food, I love family, I love the Westminster Dog Show, I love the Macy's Parade. . . . . . I love the food. . . . you get it. But, many times, we experience disappointment and/or stress during the Holidays. One of the main reasons for this is that we're expecting too much from them. C.S. Lewis said this:
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
If you're disappointed that Thanksgiving wasn't as great as you thought it'd be (after all, we're sitting around the table with sinners), or Christmas leaves you wanting more. . . . that's because THERE IS MORE. There is another country, there is a greater satisfaction, . . there is a place where every tear will be wiped away, and we were made for it. For THAT place. We won't experience it fully, here.
I want you to do something Thursday. Lean over towards that beautiful turkey, . . . go ahead. . . if your family laughs at you, point out the amount of alcohol they have consumed to this point in the day. Lean over and listen. In your best "Robin Williams, Dead Poet's Society" way. . listen. You'll hear the Turkey saying, "There is more than this. . . there is a greater feast to come". Indeed. There is a greater feast. This feast won't hold a candle to that, on it's best day. This is an echo, a picture, a metaphor of a greater feast.
So, as Paul tells us:
From now on, . . .let those who rejoice, rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away 1 Cor. 7:29-31
The only way we can deeply, truly enjoy our lives, is by seeing through our circumstances to what they point towards. Enjoy your Thursday as you remember the greater feast to come!