Over the last month, I’m sure you were asked, “What are you thankful for?” or saw posts on Facebook about what others are thankful for. Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to reflect on our lives, those around us, and our family. Plenty to be thankful for!

Recently though, thanks to a sermon I heard leading up to Thanksgiving, I realized that we don’t consciously give thanks for what is coming, our future. It is always the present or the past that is discussed or mentioned. Giving thanks for what is coming takes faith.

“I am thankful for my future…” is actually is what faith is all about.

When you really think about it, we have to put complete trust and faith in the fact that God is bigger than anything bad that could come our way. And anything good can be pointed towards him! Try it. It feels kind of weird, a little uncomfortable.

What if we started giving thanks more often for what is coming? What would our attitudes look like? Our optimism?

The hope that people would see in and through us is exciting. Would we be able to reach those that walk around without much to be thankful for? Would we be able to challenge fellow believers to dig deeper in their trusting God?

So in reply to a month of thankfulness, I am thankful for what is coming down the road. Even though I have no clue what that looks like, how hard it might be, I am thankful.

Psalm 107:8 says, “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love…”

Keith Sampson
Executive Coordinator
God of Hope