This is the only post this week, but you can go through the archives, if you wish. I've put links to popular posts for you. I'm spending time with family later in the week. I'll be using my cell phone to post Scripture of the Day.
This year, a different Thanksgiving post was laid on my heart. Normally, I put the usual "How-To"s up. You all seriously know what you should do to keep the weight off. It's up to you to do it. This year, I'd like to encourage you to think of Thanksgiving differently. Forget the food, forget the football, or weird Uncle Al. Those are traditions. That's not Thanksgiving. It's what we've done with Thanksgiving. Focus on gratitude to God for what you have.
My hubby is on a campaign at work called, "Operation Thanksgiving". The HR department decorated elaborately for Halloween and now for Christmas. They skipped Thanksgiving! Since it is a national holiday originally instituted by Abraham Lincoln, he can get away with his campaign. Unfortunately, people have poked fun at his efforts. Why? Because as a nation, we aren't a very grateful bunch. Why? A few reasons: we have a lot and we've earned it, so we think. Who is the atheist, the agnostic, or humanist going to thank for what he or she has. Should they say, "Thank Me"? Gratitude is lost in our culture. By the way, the whole Starbucks and Target issue with Christians and Merry Christmas: Why do we expect non-Christian groups to behave as Christians? Just a thought to ponder.
For me, the past few years have been re-arranged when it comes to all of the holidays. The blessing that comes from it is this: it's not about the traditions, it about giving Thanks to God for what we have. I've been troubled trying to write a simple paragraph for a magazine's focus on Christmas because of how re-arranged my own traditions have become since my first husband passed away. I've done what most everyone else has done, put too much focus on the traditions and not on the reason for the holiday observance. Thank you for helping me figure that out! It's not about what we do but about Who it's really about. Give Thanks! How simple.
Some churches observe Box City around this time of year. Youth group leaders take teens to live in boxes for a fall weekend. Does your church participate? I would encourage you to look into it. You'll get a whole new perspective on gratitude. Here is one church's Box City event with young adults http://www.wschurch.org/Arena/default.aspx?page=3960&promotionId=2835..
Here is what I'd like to offer to you, a Thank You Wall. Take the time in the comments to post something like Thank You, God, for..... and put what you appreciate God giving you. By the way, I am thankful for my family, my home, food, clothing, freedom, and you. What are you thankful for?
May the Lord bless you!
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