In just a few days, many households across the United States and perhaps other places in the world will be celebrating Thanksgiving. It is one of the most celebrated holidays, a time when family and friends from near and far come together to share, eat and be merry. However, it is so easy to get lost in the busyness of the holidays as we scamper back and forth preparing for the day. Of course, you want everything to go perfectly, and that includes having sufficient food for everyone. But, on the other hand, some will not be looking forward to the season for various reasons. Whenever the holidays come around, they become depressed and unhappy because it reminds them of what they have. But whether you can afford to have a big dinner with plenty of food or you do not; there are two crucial things that you should never forget:
Thanks – Have an attitude of gratitude. Yes really! Take the time to consider the true meaning of the holiday. It is not just about having plenty of food on the table; that is just a way in which we choose to celebrate with people we love. But if you should think about it, you always had food on your table, sometimes more than you needed. You have clothes on your back and a roof over your head; give thanks. the truth is that there is always something to be thankful for; God has provided.
Additionally, you have made it through a crazy pandemic unscathed, healthy, and your family as well; give thanks for life; God is your protector. For all the people who have been there for you, give thanks and thank them personally. Give thanks even for your haters because they were your motivation to keep pushing for better. You may have achieved your goal weight; give thanks. And even if you have not, give thanks just the same; you are still breathing and can continue the fight another day. There is always something to be thankful for, but the greatest act of gratitude is one’s ability to say thank you, Lord, even when their life seems to have turned upside down. In everything big or small, whether you have or have not, remember to give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Give – Now that you have released how blessed you are in your circumstances and you are truly thankful; take the time to share your blessings with someone else. There are countless people around you that are in need of help or even a warm meal. Some you may see on a daily basis but there are others who you do not see see because they fail to make their needs known. But if you should take the time to observe you may realize that there is someone right under your nose who is in dire need of food, clothes, or just company. Remember that there are many ways that you can exercise charity; you know your resources so give according to how you are able to. Charity is “generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering.” Give and give cheerfully. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25).
The name Thanksgiving tells it all. It contains two words; thanks and giving. And if that is all you can do, know that you are doing enough. Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.