Yesterday many gave no thanks at all. Many others were thanking a pantheon of false Gods. Still others might feast but with no more gratitude than hogs in a trap feast upon the grain. Thanksgiving to God should be a daily habit that begins with confessing our faith in Jesus Christ. This is both invisible and visible. While the visible and the invisible are distinct, they remain inseparable. We give thanks for both invisible and visible things, and we have both invisible (inward) and visible (outward) expressions of gratitude. Since thanksgiving is flowing from our hearts, we show our gratitude privately and publicly. It’s an expression of who we are in Christ—the children of God. We do this in worship, in eating and drinking, and in giving to others. Thanks is something we give—it’s a sacrifice. It’s an acknowledgement that we’re not self-sufficient, but rather dependent on God and others. We’ve received a blessing and now we give something in return. John Calvin said: “Every blessing that God confers upon us perishes through our carelessness, if we are not prompt and active in rendering thanks.” The giving of thanks, which is an expression of joy, and one of the fruits of the Spirit, must be a part of our daily habit. It must fill our homes. It must flow from our mouths. It must be seen in our actions and gifts toward others. We should be liberals when it comes to the giving of thanks to God and others. Allow me to urge you express your gratitude to your family members and friends on a regular basis. In so doing, you’ll also be giving thanks to God―and it’s good to give thanks.