The other day I thought a lot about my dad, who passed away two and a half years ago. He will forever hold fond memories in my heart. I will never forget how my dad was always thankful for his shoes. He loved a nice pair of shoes. He was constantly waxing and polishing his shoes. To me it seemed like dad was obsessed with how his shoes looked.
One day I asked him why and he replied, “When I was a boy, my parents couldn’t afford to buy new shoes for me. I put cardboard in bottom of my shoes whenever they got holes. When I walked through rain and snow, I had to keep replacing the cardboard. I’ve always been thankful for my shoes because I will never forget wearing shoes with holes in them.”
My dad was thankful for his shoes because of his childhood memory of worn-out shoes. If we think back to times when we had to do without, we’ll become thankful for what we have now. That’s why God told the children of Israel to remember how He brought them out of the house of slavery.
When you have eaten and are filled, you will honor and thank the Lord your God for the good land He has given you. “Be careful not to forget the Lord your God by not keeping all His Laws which I am telling you today. When you have eaten and are filled, and have built good houses to live in, and when your cattle and flocks become many, and you get much silver and gold, and have many things for your own, be careful not to become proud. Do not forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt…” (Deuteronomy 8:10-14 NLV)
God wanted that experience to be a reference point in their minds. Never forget where you were. Never forget what God has done for you. Never forget how blessed you are! David said, “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me.” (Psalm 103:1-2 NLT)
Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!