On This Thanksgiving Day


Do you ever use Facebook’s “On This Day” feature? I used to think it was annoying, but now I like it, maybe because I’ve just gotten old and more nostalgic. I’m thankful that I deleted and recreated my Facebook account right before my freshman year in college. Otherwise, I’d have to be reminded about my nerdy  years in high school. Okay, maybe those years are not over…

Regardless, this is a great tool for refreshing your memory with good (or awkward) times. But it’s also a great tool for this time of year.

It’s cool to be able to look back and see all God did on that very same day a year ago, two years ago, or four years ago. I highly recommend that you spend some time on “On This Day” this week, not to laugh at how weird you used to be, but to jog your memory about how good God has been to you this year.

For instance, I can look back and see that today last year, I got to post about our Giving Tree project for needy kids at Christmas. I think back to how each year, that opportunity proved to be a test of my faith and a testament to God’s goodness.

Three years ago, I became friends on Facebook with two of my professors. Both of them had a great impact on my life, stopping me to tell me they were praying for me or donating to my missions trip. I’m thankful for them and so many other professors who influenced me with truth.

Four years ago, during my freshman year, my group leader in the dorm posted how thankful he was for us in his group. Many years have passed, and of that group, I am the only one still at the university. Most are scattered around the world. But I am thankful for their influence during that formative year. Good memories of God’s goodness…

Let me close with this one – three years ago, I reposted a Thanksgiving poem I wrote about six years ago. It was the first Thanksgiving poem I wrote, and I have written one every year since (still working on this year’s!). Lots has changed since I wrote it, but the God I’m thankful for hasn’t:

Dear Lord, I can thank You for much,
For houses and parents and teachers and such.
I could spend all eternity just praising you for
My country, my freedom, my school, and much more.
And though I am thankful for these above measure,
There is Someone worth praising that’s my greatest Treasure.
He saved me and bought me and healed me within
Even though I forsake Him and frequently sin.
He gave up Heaven just so I could be
Spotless and righteous, by His death on a tree.
So, Lord, though my blessings are certainly not few,
The thing I’m most thankful for would have to be You.

On this Thanksgiving Day, use “On This Day” as a tool for your thankfulness. After all, “On This Day” could have – for every day – a statement that says, “On this day, God was good.”