Welcome to Being Thankful for the Little Things, our annual November Thanksgiving family devotional series. This year, we’re focusing on being thankful for the little stuff, the things we often take for granted. Each devotional is meant to be read as a family. At the end of each devotional, you’ll find a journaling prompt (you can download a free journal cover and pages here) and an action step you can take to help out someone else. Thanks for joining us and be sure to share it with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
I can only imagine what life was like in the days before telephones. Think about it. If you moved across the country (besides the fact it took months in a covered wagon), the only way to talk to the family and friends you left behind was to send them a letter. It could take months for that letter to reach them and another couple of months for a letter to return to you. You might hear from your family two or three times a year.
Today, if we want to talk to someone who isn't standing next to us, we simply pick up the phone. We can call our neighbor or a family member who lives not just on the other side of the country but on the other side of the world. We can make phone calls through our computer that allow us to even see the person on the other end of the call.
So, today, I'm thankful for my phone and all of the people that it lets me talk to that I can't see every day. I'm thankful for how easy it makes my life and how it lets me stay in close contact even with people who are far away. I'm thankful that no matter where I go, I can take my phone with me. If my car breaks down or I'm running late, all I have to do is pick up my phone and make a call.
But I'm also thankful that I don't need a phone to talk to God. I can simply talk to Him anytime, anywhere. He's always available. When I pray, I'm never going to get a busy signal or His voicemail.
Sometimes, though, I don't always take advantage of the opportunity I have to talk with God. I rarely let a day go by without talking to the people that I love. I make the effort to pick up the phone and call them, but some days I don't make the effort to talk to God. I get too busy. I think I can handle everything myself. I simply don't make it a priority.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, "pray continually." Do you know what that means? It means we should pray a lot. We should pray about everything. God loves us, and He wants to hear from us. We don't want our relationship with God to be like a pioneer's relationship with her loved ones across the country, getting a letter a couple of times a year. We want to be in constant contact with God. God is closer than a phone call or a text, and we can talk to Him all the time. For that, we can be thankful.
Every time your phone rings today, be thankful that you can talk to people who are far away, but especially be thankful that it doesn't take any special equipment to talk to God.