It’s almost Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it’s already here, especially since my last post was about Halloween (read it here). Thanksgiving is very un-commercialized, so I think a lot of people overlook it as an important holiday. I have often heard people say things like, “I’m not really into Thanksgiving. I don’t even like the food!” While Thanksgiving dinner is a great tradition (I personally love the food) it is not the main point of Thanksgiving. What is the main point? Giving thanks. You might be thinking, “DUH!”, but it is sometimes hard to be thankful. Every human is sinful, and we are tempted to focus on the things we don’t have. Thanksgiving is a time to put this all aside and think about the things you do have. At my house we have what’s called a “Turkey on the Table”, which is a little stuffed turkey doll that comes with the tail feathers not attached yet. Each day in November before Thanksgiving you write something you’re thankful for on one of the feathers and stick it on the turkey. On Thanksgiving Day, you read every feather aloud.
Sometimes I find it hard to find something new to be thankful for. The usual things I think of are always friends, family, health, food, etc. While it’s great to be thankful for all those things, think about things to be thankful for that aren’t so obvious. Here are a few ideas:
Good weather. It’s true, sometimes the weather is a little dreary, but whenever the weather is beautiful, thank God for making it!
Your teachers. Your teachers are working to give you the knowledge you need for the future. Thank God for their willingness and love for teaching.
The chance to try new things. In America there are so many opportunities to do so many things! Thank God that you have so many amazing opportunities just waiting for you to try them out.
I hope this has generated some ideas in your brain about even more things you can be thankful for. Try this week and next week to think about things to be thankful for that maybe you don’t think about everyday and are less obvious, and pray about them. Encourage the rest of your family to do the same!