Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Over the next few days, many will pause to thank God for the blessings He has given them.

They’ll thank God for their health, for the families, for provision. (And, if they’re anything like a former boss of mine, for capitalism. No joke!)

It’s a beautiful thing to stop and give thanks to the One from whom all blessings flow. But, I challenge us to take it one step further this year. Instead of just thanking God, let’s ask Him what He would have us do with those good gifts.

You see, we aren’t just blessed to put another notch on our belts. You’ve heard the old saying, and it’s true: We’re blessed to be a blessing.

It’s so tempting to puff up our chests with pride and count our blessings, without regard to those around us. But that would be wrong, and it would fly in the face of God’s purpose for our lives.

I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.” (Gen. 12:1-3)

What was true for Abraham is true for us today. God wants to bless others THROUGH us. Let’s make that a new tradition this Thanksgiving Day, and every day after that.