What do you give thanks for as you gather around the Thanksgiving table?
Consider adding one more item to your list this year: give thanks to God for your strengths.
You may hesitate to do so because you fear becoming like that self-righteous Pharisee who boasted as he prayed, “Thank you that I am not like other men” (Luke 18:9-14).
But the truth is that thanking God for your strengths demonstrates humility.
Because strengths are a gift of provision.
Provisions are Necessary Supplies
Provisions are supplies needed for a journey.
In your life’s journey, God has provided the supplies you need to do the work He has given you to do. He has given you your strengths.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” Your strengths are God’s work product – and a one-of-a-kind, at that. The Greek term for “workmanship,” poiema, denotes the work of a single act, not work that is mass produced or even habitually produced. God has provided you with a unique combination of strengths replicated in no one else.
You spend time at Thanksgiving thanking God for other provisions: food, clothes, shelter, love.
Why not thank Him for your strengths? They are a gift of provision, too.