I Thank, Therefore, I Am

For many evangelical Christians, the word eucharist is a scary word. It suggests ritual, sacrament, and liturgy. For them, this seems to be the very opposite of a personal relationship with God through Christ.

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But eucharist is word that all Christians, regardless of tradition, should embrace. It is no accident that for two thousand years it has been central to the experience of millions and millions of Christians.

The term comes form the Greek word, eucharisto—“to give thanks.” Not only should this behavior be central to the life of every Christian, but it is that which distinguishes man from every other created being.

All of creation owes its existence to God. As the Apostle Paul noted, “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Only man has the capacity to offer thanks to God for life and every other blessing.

Other animals can walk upright. Some even seem to have the capacity for language. But, so far as we know, man alone has the capacity to realize that he comes into the world with nothing and leaves with nothing (see Job 1:21). Everything in between is a gift—and worthy of offering thanks to the One who provides all things.

This is one of the many reasons I love the Thanksgiving holiday. While I thoroughly enjoy getting together with my family and sharing a meal together, I especially look forward to reflecting on the past year and offering thanks to God for his many, many blessings.

When people ask Dave Ramsey how he is doing, he typically responds, “Better than I deserve.” That expresses my sentiment exactly.

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  • http://www.aboutone.com/ogt joanne

    I am thankful for my health (without the flu!), that my family is close and that I have the most wonderful team to work with everyday. I am far from perfect but I am very very blessed. Here you can read the thoughts of someone on my team and why they are thank ful…..http://www.aboutone.com/thankful-for-strangers-pregnancy-deployment/

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  • patriciazell

    Michael, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family! God’s absolute love for each and every one of us will win the day…

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Patricia! The same to you and your family.

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    Great job on explaining eucharist! All of your points were right on! Unfortunately, people often only give thanks to God during “Thanksgiving”…they should, however, be giving thanks to God yr round! God has blessed me in so many ways that I can not thank Him enough! I actually did a blog on this a few days ago-http://bigb94.webs.com/apps/blog/show/5410712-giving-thanks-to-god-

    Great job, Michael! Keep the great blogs coming! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • http://www.gospelofkingdom.com Gregory Scott

    Having been been in churches on both ends of the spectrum, I appreciate this reminder on the eucharist. Thanks for this and all your blog posts. I know how much time and discipline it takes to blog consistently. You are having a tremendous positive influence through this blog. Have a great Thanksgiving!

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Gregory. I appreciate your encouragement.

  • Mike

    Your opening drew me in… My catholic mom has been saying the same thing for years. Your ending made me smile as I have been copying DR’s saying for a while. Thanks, Mike. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • http://www.validleadership.com James Castellano

    Thankful for many things. Few if any would be possible without the Lord’s grace and Mercy. The three things I am most thankful for:
    1. The ability to worship as I choose.
    2. My family’s health and well-being
    3. Living in the USA

  • sjbarkley

    1.God’s unfathomable grace which is so undeserved, yet offered freely
    2.A wonderful wife of 33 years
    3.Six great sons and their families
    4.People who have inspired me to have a more purposeful life (some of which, like yourself, I don’t even know personally)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • http://www.therextras.com BarbaraBoucher PTPhD

    Thank you, Michael. This post is exceptional. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

  • http://grassycove.blogspot.com/ Cheryl Derrick

    I am thankful for all things. Everything from waking up this morning to the traffic I encounter in rush hour. Since God’s timing is perfect and everything has purpose, all things still doesn’t express how thankful I am.

  • http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com Lena Nelson Dooley

    I noticed you have a widget for Gateway Worship’s new album. I’m thankful to be a part of Gateway Church where God has gathered so many people who write praise music that expresses what my heart feels.

  • http://www.balancedandunafraid.blogspot.com Vasca Beall

    I am thankful for people like you who encourage people like me so I can continue encouraging others.

    I am thankful that even though an extremely rare, uncurable disease has come into our lives…My Michael and I are blest by God w/M’s wonderful health and our 58 years together.

    I am thankful for our family…four fantastic Godly sons and families…all 20 of us together today for the 1st time in a very long time.

    I continue thanking God for loving me and having me as His Child.;;no matter what.

    Thank You, Father for blessing me so abuntly ~ I am passing it on.

  • http://curtismarshall.tumblr.com Curtis Marshall

    I’m thankful for new directions! Yesterday, God confirmed what my next season in life should be. One door closed, another almost immediately opened. I love it when God does that!

  • http://www.edifier1.wordpress.com Kim Teamer

    I am thankful that God is so patient with me during my spiritual growth process. I am also thankful for my family. I have been blessed beyond words.

    Thank you, Michael.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • http://missionalmamassoul.blogspot.com/ Amy

    So much to be thankful for, here is a glimpse…http://mozosonmission.blogspot.com/2010/11/one-year-living-here-one-manner-of.html

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • http://gailbhyatt.wordpress.com/ Gail Hyatt

    I am deeply thankful to God for … YOU.

  • http://2Live4Him.org Karsten

    Great post. As I said in my latest blog, the best way to show gratitude is what we do with what we’ve been given.

  • http://www.pastorbrett.com Brett

    My wonderful wife, my precious four children, my loving parents and extended family, my faithful friends, my caring congregation, my country, our troops defending the cause of freedom, and most of all, amazing grace extended to me through Jesus Christ the Lord.

  • http://www.twitter.com/juanbg Juan

    That’s right I always and constantly give THANKS to GOD. for the gift of life, the gift of my son, my wife, my parents, with job, just to wake up every day.
    Thank You for your wise-thoughts expressed in your blogs.

  • http://hecalledianswered.com Mary

    Michael: Thank you for that beautiful post! Im grateful to be alive and able to serve our Lord in the capacity that He gave to me. Im blessed to serve others who dont know Christ and hopefully i’ll have opportunity to share with them about who Jesus is and what he has done for them. Happy Thanksgiving

  • Robert Wright

    I am so thankful for my beautiful wife and kids… and the baby girl we are expecting in April! God has truly blessed me richly this past year and I can’t express enough how grateful, yet undeserving, I feel.

    Thank you Michael for this post and your blog. As a Christian and a leader who is always desiring to learn and grow, I have found many pearls of wisdom in your blog. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience with the world through this media.

    Happy Thanksgiving! May God bless you and your family richly.
    rmw

  • http://kknco@hotmail.com Kathleen T. Jaeger

    I am thankful for a nap this afternoon, great relatives, a cozy home to nestle in while it rains outside, yummy & overabundant food, an upcoming coffee meeting for my husband, an uplifting conversation with a friend that I haven’t seen in a long time, the providence of God, prayers of my children, for a God who answers prayer through Jesus Christ, my children’s silliness and much, much more…

  • http://www.hearthope.org Olga Griffin

    I agree with the Dave Ramsey quote–I have been blessed beyond measure. My blog has almost 100 things I am thankful for: http://hearthopebyolga.blogspot.com/2010/11/happy-thanksgiving.html

  • Kingsly

    Very True! Happy Thanksgiving…i am thankful to see as well cos this blog is a positive influence. Thanks

  • http://www.yuzzi.com Rick Yuzzi

    Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes with all Thanksgiving craziness of driving from one family to another I forget to reflect on what I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for my beautiful wife and precious kids, our wonderful families that are close by that we can share the holidays with, and the many other ways that God has blessed me.

  • http://wayoutwise.blogspot.com Jeff Jones

    This Thanksgiving has been a hard one. I have suffered some hard, hard losses this year and I find it hard to be very upbeat this year but I still give thanks. I give thanks because through my pain I have learned to be authentic and when people ask me how I’m doing I give them truth instead of a “great” that I used to offer up. I give thanks because I have friends who let me share honesty with them whether it is a moment of happiness or a moment of pain. I give thanks for suffering because it has reminded me, through the intense hurt, that I need God in my life each moment of each day.
    Am I doing better than I deserve? Yes, simply because Christ gave his life for me.

  • http://www.vickisprayerstuff.com Vicki

    Beautiful post.

  • http://thatguykc.wordpress.com ThatGuyKC

    I am thankful for my family and the opportunity to be challenged to take risks and live adventurously.

  • http://christopherscottblog.typepad.com/blog/ Christopher Scott

    I am thankful:
    #1 – For Jesus Christ who died for my sins
    #2 – For my girlfriend who I am grateful to have in my life
    #3 – For food to eat
    #4 – For a warm place to sleep everyday
    #5 – For a good job and a good boss to work for

  • Dwright

    I am thankful for my family and salvation. I am also reminded of the lyrics in a song entitled “You Are Holy” which says “what a priviledge and an honor to worship at your throne to be called into your presence as your own.” I am so thankful for knowing my purpose and stepping into it with faith that God is in control!

  • http://www.justapinch.com Recipe Club

    Wow, wonderful post, Michael. I’m going to steal that “better than I deserve” line… that’s great. Perfect post for this time of year.

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  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    It’s not Thanksgiving Day in the sense of the holiday while I read this, but it is definitely a day I am giving thanks for after reading this post. Love the reminder: “As the Apostle Paul noted, “In Him we live and move and have our being”
    (Acts 17:28).

    Solid post! Thanks, MH.
    Blessings

  • Kmasanga

    I have learned something new.  that am the only animal species who can give thanks to God as to who am.  Failure to do so is failing in my devine responsibilities of giving thanks all the time;

  • http://wastelandwarrior.wordpress.com/ Heath Capps

    Better than I deserve…my new mantra. Amen.

  • MichelleLee

     Although it is past Thanksgiving and I have just stumbled upon this post by LinkedIn suggested post; I really enjoyed reading it and the insight into your character.  If asked I would say I am thankful for every experience, difficulty, hardship, and pain in my life because it has equipped me to help others (Dr. Charles Stanley).  Like Mr. Ramsey I too have a few sayings that keep me sane when in the midst of anything good or bad.  Most general I will say I am blessed even on my worst day. OR- “All is Well” say it is so; even if it ain’t.  Have a great day and remember, Always BE the Exception To The Rules, E. Michelle Lee