My best friend, Rev. Jesse Dedel, ushered me recently to the wacky world of www.happyslip.com.
Christine Gambito, a Filipina in the US of A, was “always looking for a creative outlet and had thought of one day doing a one woman show.” She found YouTube. She then took videos of herself portraying different characters in her family. Now, the world is her audience. She is currently the #5 most subscribed channel of all time on YouTube! Plus, she has been nominated by The Filipino Channel’s “Balitang America ” for Newsmaker of 2007! (Hope she wins!) One of my favorite videos is “Tanks,” a spoof of how her family celebrates Thanksgiving. (Yes, “tanks,” is short for “thanks.”) I will not spoil the fun. Watch it yourself. But, at the end of the video, her mom (who else but Christine!) said, “Tanksgiving becomes Tanksliving.”
Here in the Philippines we don’t celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. But Christmas is fast approaching. And it is a season for thanksgiving. We got the best gift ever from God: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32, NIV) Our Lord Jesus is more than enough reason to thank God for.
I like how The Message goes: “If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn't gladly and freely do for us?” Note that the Apostle Paul employed a greater to lesser logic. If He can give us His Son, then God will not withhold anything that He thinks we need to receive. He has already “blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3, NIV)
For that we should be more than tankful… I mean, thankful. Yes, thanksgiving must become “thanksliving.” May we give thanks to God not only through words but also, much more, through our works!
Brethren, this Christmas may our “tanksgiving” become “tanksliving!”