Thursday, November 28, 2013

I'm Sad We Need A Thanksgiving Holiday?

I know, I know. I tend to look at things from a pessimistic point of view. This holiday is one of them. Don't get me wrong, any holiday that consists of family, turkey, dressing, pie, and football is not something that gets me down. I love it. It is probably one of my favorite holidays of the year. It's just that I don't think we need it. Or . . . we shouldn't need it. But unfortunately, we do. Let me explain.

In many ways, I feel we have reduced Thanksgiving to a holiday instead of a lifestyle. Many good things happen today. For one, many people will sit around a table full of food thinking about all the things they are thankful for. There is no doubt that #Thanksgiving or #Thankful will trend on Twitter. But the question I always ponder on this day is why does it take a special day for me to express my gratitude? Why do I only tend to tell people I am thankful for them on this day? Why does it take a calendar event for me to reflect on what God has done for me? Shouldn't this take place every hour of every day? Didn't the Apostle Paul say we should "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thess. 5:18)? Shouldn't this be something I am consumed with every day of the year, not just on special occasions?

I'm sad we need a Thanksgiving Holiday.

These are things I think every year at this point. And then the next year rolls around and I wonder why I didn't give more thanks during the year. Why didn't I express my gratitude to those I work with on a daily basis? Why didn't I tell my wife how thankful I am for her gracious love and support and forgiveness each day? Why didn't I tell my kids how thankful I am that they are my children? Why didn't I tell my church and small groups how thankful I am for their investment into my life?

I'm sad we need a Thanksgiving Holiday. But I need it.

What would our lives look like if #Thankful trended on Twitter everyday of the year? What would it look like if we told at least one person every day how grateful we are for them? Do we think it would change anything about us? What if we praised our Father in Heaven every day for His special gifts of grace and love and salvation? Would that give us a different perspective?

I'm sad we need a Thanksgiving Holiday. But I hope it redirects my path today.

As we all sit around and update our Facebook status, Tweet special Tweets about how thankful we are today, tell people we love how much they mean to us . . . let us do it tomorrow. Let it be a reminder to us to be just as thankful on December 12, February 21, June 15, or any other day this coming year. May my heart; may your heart be overflowing with thanks this coming year. 

I'm sad we need a Thanksgiving Holiday. But I'm Thankful we have one!

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