Isn’t it amazing we have a holiday that is set aside to be thankful for the abundance in our lives? I love Thanksgiving for just that reason. We celebrate family and the things we are thankful for. No craziness, no buying sprees, just gratitude. It’s become my favorite holiday over the last few years.
Millions of Americans will be focused on Thanksgiving Day—or “Turkey Day,” as the modern vernacular styles it—with its traditional turkey dinner, sumptuous side dishes, pumpkin pie, and football games.
Many people will have various reasons for celebrating this autumnal holiday. Some will actually consider their own circumstances and America’s place in the world as they seriously examine reasons to be genuinely thankful. Others will consider it as an opportunity to take part in another routine holiday party. Football fans will look forward most to the games on television and perhaps a pickup game in the backyard. Certainly, shopaholics will see it as the day before Black Friday, the beginning of the final shopping lap before the Christmas holiday.
But Thanksgiving should not only be celebrated once a year, but become a daily celebration in our lives. Because when we are thankful, it means that are grateful and acknowledge the kindness done to us. It provides us with a positive state of mind which does not focus on what one does not have, but rather values what one does have, no matter how basic.
Unfortunately, many people feel that being grateful means that they have to give up on their dreams and goals. It does not. We can still desire to want better and work to make our situations better, but it does mean that we should not approach our proper desire for more with a greedy, covetous attitude.
Nor can we compare what others have and what we may not have from an attitude that we deserve the same or even better. Maybe we do deserve it, but right now God has chosen not to give it to us, and we must be content with that and thankful for what we have been given.
Our nation will shortly celebrate its Thanksgiving day. Let us not just be thankful on this day, but also the other 364 days of the year, as we can set aside a daily practice of heartfelt thanksgiving.