And Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year.
It’s when April makes makes her cranberry salad and cooks turkey legs. (Our own family tradition!)
It’s when I watch football games and pretend that I actually care about what’s happening in the game.
It’s when I call my family early in the day and tell them that I love them.
But most of all, it’s when I reflect upon my life and think of how blessed I am.
For me, Thanksgiving is a big deal.
But if you go to the store today, you’ll see that Thanksgiving has taken a backseat to Christmas. Actually, it’s as if we went directly from Halloween to Christmas, skipping Thanksgiving altogether.
Now don’t get me wrong, Christmas is important, but when we do this, when we skip Thanksgiving, we turn Christmas into an empty, idol-filled, consumer-driven ritual, that lacks any significance.
We need to linger in Thanksgiving to truly appreciate the gift of Christmas.
Well, not only does giving thanks typically precede miracles,
but giving thanks changes our focus.
Giving thanks changes our focus.
Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, which is what we’ve become proficient in doing, we can begin to focus on giving thanks to God for the things that we do have, things like His provision, His grace, and His love.
If we focus on what we don’t’ have, we’ll become ungrateful. It’s like looking for something to be mad about. Because if you want to find a reason to be mad, I promise you’ll find a reason.
But if we focus on thanking God in-spite or despite of what we have, our mindset begins to change. In fact, our hearts begin to overflow with thankfulness. Because we start realizing just how blessed we actually are.
Let’s linger in Thanksgiving.
Let’s linger in Thanksgiving and not rush through it.
Let’s spend time with our families.
Let’s spend time with our friends.
Let’s spend time thanking God for everything that He has given us.
Because then, and only then, can we truly appreciate Christmas for what it is: a gift to mankind.