Dressing— my maternal grandmothers sweet potato pie–my paternal grandmothers homemade rolls–my aunts mac-n-cheese–greens–my moms pound cake–yes I’m HUNGRY! I love all of these items dearly….believe me! BUT these reasons aren’t nearly close to why I love thanksgiving. For me the best part of thanksgiving isn’t about food but family and a day of gratefulness. My family has a tradition as many people do on thanksgiving, we go around a circle and tell what we are grateful for. Last week at bible study we learned about living with a spirit of thanksgiving aka”thanksliving”. How great would each day be if we treated it as if it were thanksgiving, not by serving a gigantic 10-course meal (that would be crazy), but if we dedicated some time out of each day to be grateful, specifically write down or speak what we are grateful for, to give thanks when we feel a complaint about to leave our lips, and making extra time for the ones we love.
Let’s strive to live everyday with a spirit of thanksgiving and a grateful heart , and let’s be diligent about sharing these grateful habits with our children in hopes of raising a grateful generation. Happy Thanksgiving!
1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
This lesson brings tears to my eyes…..I am SO Blessed and I recognize that it didn’t just start now, but I can think of instance after instance where the hand of God has been instrumental in my life. Now this doesn’t mean that I don’t have any problems or my life has been spotless, it simply means that through it all, it could have always been worse and I know who’s on my team. I think when most people were kids they either thought their parents were rich or middle class when in reality they were struggling.
I remember a time our gas service was shut off, I’m not sure how old I was, but I don’t recall my parents panicking. They bought a hot plate, some wood, and we spent the night toasting marshmallow’s, talking, and life went on. Without saying, I’m sure they were pretty worried, but at some point they realized that as long as we had each other and a roof over our head, everything was o.k.
That’s the same type of tenacity I want to instill in my girls, not that I want the gas or lights to be shut off, but that life won’t always be perfect and many situations will come that are uncomfortable, and the only thing you can control is how you respond. There is always someone who has a situation far worse than yours. If I continue to focus on what’s not perfect, then I won’t be grateful for what IS going right. I’ve learned it is easier to be grateful when everything is going alright, it is in the tough moments that you pretty much have to search for something to be grateful for, and those are the moments that shape your life. Be Grateful.
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr
Take some time today to reflect on the moments of gratefulness that have shaped your life.