I never got shushed very much as a kid.  My nature was more toward the shy, silent type than the rambunctious, loud type.  My shyness held me back from spouting off whatever I thought and it became a habit that I carried forward.

I learned quickly in school that the old adage about it being better to stay quiet and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt was a good one.  It made sense to not take the risk of answering and being wrong as opposed to hoping the teacher thought I might just be uncertain or unwilling to speak up in class.  It was my m.o. and it worked.

I stayed out of trouble.  I stayed fairly invisible until the test came around.  (I usually did pretty well on those)  And I also avoided any attention to myself which made me more comfortable in my group.  Unfortunately this is not what we’re called to do when it comes to our God.  Psalm 30:12  says, “…that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!”

Our charge is to go out and tell others.  As God’s children, as followers of his Son, we are expected to say something.  And not just say something; to sing the praises of and to our Father.  Because if we’re honest with ourselves and with God we both know where everything we have has come from.  We both know who deserves the credit and it’s not us.

This week our focus is on giving thanks for what we have.  It seems simple enough.  It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to realize we’re one of the most blessed groups of people on this third rock from the sun.  We know this stuff, it’s apparent, and yet when was the last time you told one of your friends, family or peers that you were thankful to God for something?

It sounds almost silly if you say it but God’s own people can’t even give God credit for what he’s given them.  Please don’t get me wrong, I’m right there among you in this.  I can’t imagine the looks I’d get if I gave thanks publicly to God for even the simplest of things and yet he deserves it.  We should not remain silent.  We should always sing the praises of our God.  It has always been that way and it will always be that way forever.

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