While talking about Thanksgiving Day with a co-worker this past week, he mentioned a family tradition that he and his wife have always had. On the way to Grandma’s house for their Thanksgiving Day meal, they engage their 2 children (who are now high school age) in a conversation about what they are thankful for. He chuckled when he remarked that as they mature, the things that they are thankful for have evolved from being “thankful that Christmas and Santa are coming soon” to more important things that reflect a deeper awareness of a correct value system.

That got me thinking. Sometimes we fall into a trap of forgetting what Thanksgiving is all about…it’s about GIVING THANKS! It’s just that simple!…but we complicate it by getting caught up in menus, turkeys, travel, family gatherings, centerpieces, decorations, overeating, football games, and even Black Friday – that starts on Thanksgiving Day! Somehow, GIVING THANKS gets shoved into the background and becomes nothing more than an afterthought, or one more thing to check off our “to do” list.

We still have a few days before Thanksgiving, and that gives us time to reflect and elaborate our own list of things we’re thankful for. Let’s do that! Thanksgiving is the day. GIVING THANKS is the heart attitude that honors God, the Giver of all good gifts!

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.”
Psalm 103:1,2


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