With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it can be easy to get caught up in the chaos of the season! Many of you have meals to plan, extended family to visit, and decorations to put up. Then to top all that off, Thanksgiving tends to mark the beginning of the shopping season, which can bring even more stress and anxiety. With everything going on, it can be hard to remember what we should be really thankful for, particularly as Christians. However, it can really help to take a break to think about the blessings in your own life.
Take a second to read through some of the big things you can be thankful for during this season, and then write down some of your own reasons. You’ll be surprised by how much better your day may seem afterwards!
1. God and everything He does for us.
This is the biggest thing that we have to grateful for. The Bible is filled with admonitions to be thankful, always encouraging Christians to pray and gives thanks in everything. Of course, God’s greatest gift to us is the sacrifice of Jesus – “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2nd Corinthians 9:15). As Christians, if we don’t start with focusing on Jesus, then the rest of our priorities are going to be out of order.
2. Our loved ones
The holidays can be a difficult time for many people who may not have their immediate families, but we all have those around us who we love, even if there are only a few. Take some time out of your schedule this week to make sure that the people who are special in your life know that they’re loved! Even go a step further and show some extra love to those who may not be able to be with their own families this Thanksgiving. A surprise visit, an invitation to your own holiday meal, or a cup of coffee can go a long way.
3. Our religious freedom
Though our country may go through many challenges, we should always remember how blessed we are to be living in a country where we’re allowed to openly practice and celebrate our beliefs. The original pilgrims came here to escape religious persecution, and part of what Thanksgiving celebrates is that God provided the opportunity for them to found a new country here. This is something we should never take for granted, especially as we keep in mind the suffering that Christians around the world face every day.
At the end of the day, Thanksgiving shouldn’t be about the pumpkin pies, turkey, and football games – although we all enjoy those things too! So this year, instead of letting yourself get bogged down in the details or distracted by flashy holiday advertisements, take the time to focus on what’s important. It’s a great time to break out old family traditions – or even invent some new ones! Leave a comment with your favorite things to be thankful for this year, or your favorite family traditions.
And have a Happy Thanksgiving, from everyone here at Cross Power!