If you celebrate Thanksgiving you're in the midst of preparations of some sort. Maybe you travel far to visit family. Or maybe your turkey is in the process of thawing. You've got your menu planned. And maybe today you will be running to the store for some last minute purchases.
And it is a time of thanking God as we all know for so many things.
I'm sure my meal is very similar to yours: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy; crescent rolls with lots of butter; pumpkin pie, apple pie and loads of snacks throughout the day. Might I say a lot of us eat in abundance on this glorious day that celebrates thankfulness!
So I am wondering if you will have the guts to ask yourself this question (it is a question that follows all that thankfulness and it is just between you and Him):
Are you (am I) embezzling God's resources?
The legal definition of embezzlement is:
The fraudulent conversion of another's property by a person who is in a position of trust, such as an agent or employee.
All things belong to God. Everything in our lives: money, property, time, family, etc., etc. etc. Am I using all my resources for God or for my own selfish desires? Am I spending them on my will or God's will?
Sometimes of course my will and God's will are the same thing. He wants me to take care of my family. He wants me to put gas in my car so I can go where I need to go. He wants me to be responsible with funds He brings into our home.
Being responsible doesn't mean doing things the way the world expects you to -- out of fear rather than faith. Using world logic rather than God's truths.
"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve." Colossians 3:23-24