Thanksgiving is a holiday that is often overlooked and overshadowed by Christmas. I think every year the retail stores meet about how much earlier they can put Christmas lights and trees out. It’s so bad that they’ve actually started Black FRIDAY on Thursday night. Huh? I absolutely LOVE Christmas, but Thanksgiving deserves to be looked at as an important holiday as well. It’s a time for family, friends, and loved ones. It’s a time to be intentional about reflecting on how grateful we are for all that we have, as well the things we have taken for granted. It’s a time to be kind to others and take opportunities to love those that sometimes seem to be unlovable. This is what Thanksgiving is all about.
This year as you get ready for Christmas, don’t stop giving thanks. Don’t stop loving and being grateful for the things you already have. Don’t stop being kind to those that are not the kindest to you. Better yet, let’s create a culture of thanksgiving. According to dictionary.com, here are the meanings for thanksgiving:
1. the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God.
2. an expression of thanks, especially to God.
3. a public celebration in acknowledgment of divine favor or kindness.
4. a day set apart for giving thanks to God.
Be responsible for carrying out at least one, if not all of these meanings. It’s important to note that all of these meanings give reverence to God, directly or indirectly. We must understand that it is He who gives us all things in which to be grateful. When you understand and embrace this meaning, the standard you set can change a generation, can heal a family, and can speak volumes to those who are lost. Let’s work to make Thanksgiving not just a holiday, but a lifestyle.
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