In Moana, the titular character ventures out to the real world, despite her dad’s fears of danger. Sometimes, when I look into the real world I feel scared of the danger out there. I mean, the news is overwhelming and, honestly, the world is kind of a mess. (Wade even preached on it at the beginning of the year. Check it out here.) But, Moana was sent on a mission, much like we are, to try to return love to the world. In that journey, Maui wants her to be thankful for his help. Unfortunately for her, he also caused all her problems. Lucky for us, we are a bit more fortunate in our God. Not only will he guide us, but we get to say thank you for so many things, not the least of which is knowing how the story ends. As Romans 12:28-29 says, “28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” SO, yeah the world is in chaos. Sometimes, it seems like our mission is too dangerous and too difficult and it’s hard to find reasons to be thankful in the midst of that. But, we know how the story ends. Disney always has a happily ever after and in the very end our God’s kingdom cannot be shaken – that’s a few pretty good reasons to be thankful.