Jesus Christ said in Matthew 6:25, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not your life more than food and the body more than clothing?"
If the Savior of all mankind says that, then why are we worried about these things? We have these things in abundance in a world where half the population lacks even the basics to sustain life. Statistically, nearly three billion people live on less than two dollars a day. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, poverty for a single-person American household is considered at $33 a day. The average personal income for the U.S. is about $44,500 or $122 a day.
This Thanksgiving American families will sit down to a meal that in much of the world would be comparable to a king's banquet, and in terms of calories would feed the average family in poverty for a week.
According to the Bread of Life Institute, 759 million people across the world suffer with hunger every day. Every day, approximately 21,000 people die from hunger related causes, mostly children. That is one death every four seconds.
How much genuine thankfulness will take place as families sit down to the meal at Thanksgiving? What should we think about and pray for as we sit down to eat? Isaiah 63:7 comes to mind, "I will mention the loving kindnesses of the Lord and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has bestowed on us...according to His mercies, according to the multitude of His loving kindnesses."
Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done. Have a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoy the many benefits that come from God.