Happy Thanksgiving! ?
Thanksgiving is a day dedicated to saying “Thank you” to God for all of your blessings. That’s right, all of the blessings He has already given you.
The Bible admonishes us to “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” (Psalms 106:1, NIV)
So let’s take a few moments and make this day something really special. Here’s my Goulet recipe in a few practical steps:
- Make a list of all of your blessings. Your car, job, mate, kids, grandkids, employer, and anything else you can think of.
- Spend a few moments thanking God with words, songs, praise, or an offering.
- Call, text, or write ten people you are thankful for. This is a hard one for me because I can’t stop at ten. I spend most of my day doing this and loving my family.
- This one is so much fun: hug, kiss, smile, and tell people you are grateful for them.
- Give small gifts of affirmation and gratitude. Feed them, serve them, and open up your home to others.
Thanksgiving has taken a very materialistic turn in the past decade. To many, it has become synonymous with football, turkey, overeating, or abusing alcohol.
Where’s the gratitude to God and others? Isn’t time to bring God, and people, back as the center of His day? Do you remember this song by James Taylor? “Shower the people you love with love. Show them the way that you feel.” It’s ringing in my ears right now, and I’m crying.
Although I like a good football game, it’s no longer important to me—family and friends are. Although the food is always wonderful, the ones who prepare the meals are even more wonderful. And even though the whole day has become a glorious, chaotic mess of screaming grandchildren, I can’t help but thank God.
Many of you don’t know, I was suicidal in my first year of university. I was depressed, and I had a plan to take my own life—but God. He did a miracle in my life and made me a miracle.
You already know that you’re a miracle, and I’m grateful for you.