A story is told of a young boy’s very first job in a small town general store. This was the day before supermarket chains at least it was in his community. At age thirteen he was hired as a handy boy. He would sweep the flour, bag items for customers, put up stock. On one particular Saturday, the boy recalled, he heard the owner say to one of the clerks “It’s that time of the year again, it’s time to take inventory.” This was a word that had not yet entered into his vocabulary. When an opportune moment arrived, he went up to the kindly older man and asked, Sir, what is an inventory? Patiently the owner explained that it was a time when you made a list of everything that you had – from groceries on the shelves to wrapping paper and string. Still somewhat puzzled, the young boy then asked, Why?
“Well, responded the owner, it is easy to forget exactly how much you have each year. Every now and then you have to take an inventory just to see what all you have.”
This, to me, pretty well sums up what Thanksgiving is all about. It is a time when each of us needs to ask ourselves the question: Have I taken inventory of my life lately? Have I made an effort to count all the things that I do have in life instead of complaining about the things that I don’t have. It is a good exercise especially when we are of a mind to brood or whine in self-pity. Have you taken inventory lately?
What I am suggesting here is not some shallow “count your blessings” platitude. But from time to time, or better yet – often, in a genuine kind of a way, we need to sit down and do some talking to ourselves about all of the gifts and opportunities and challenges that God has given each one of us. Perhaps there is a deep underlying wisdom in the old hymn that says: “Count your blessings one by one, and you might be surprised what the Lord has done.”
To the Almighty may our “voice of thanksgiving to be heard, And tell of all thy wondrous works” (Psa. 26:7). “It is a good thing to give thanks unto Jehovah, And to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High” (Psa. 92:1).
Think About It!
Have A Thankful Life!