Keep Thanksgiving from Becoming a “Speed-bump” Holiday!

devotional_thanksgiving couple.jpgThe Psalmist wrote:  “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever” Psalm 118:1

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” – Colossians 3:16

Thanksgiving is probably the most under rated, under decorated, and under celebrated holiday in America.

Halloween is approaching Christmas proportions with all its decorations and lights … and once those are all put away, the Christmas frenzy takes over.  Christmas specials start playing on TV, stores decorate their aisle with snowflakes and mistletoe, and people take the chance to hang Christmas lights while there’s no snow.  It’s not all that surprising really; the Christmas spirit can be pretty infectious … unfortunately giving thanks doesn’t seem to generate the same enthusiasm.

Thanksgiving is barely a speed bump … between these two contrasting celebrations of Halloween and Christmas.

Now … with Black Friday sales invading Thanksgiving Day … this holiday is relegated to a short meal time … followed by hours of planning the shopping strategies of the Christmas season.

Let me challenge you to re-think your idea of being thankful.  I don’t know about you, but I can come up with a list of things I want for Christmas much faster than a list of things I’m grateful for.  I bet your kids can too!

Stop and think about how we pray … “God, please give me…”, “God, please help me…”, or “God, I need…”.  We get so tied up in what God can do for us, that we forget how to be thankful for what we He has given us …

So, this Thanksgiving, with all of the Butterball and football, let me encourage you as a couple to take some time to write down all of the things you are thankful for … your spouse … your children … your home … and even all those extended family members who have invaded your house!  And then offer up a prayer of thanksgiving together for all those good gifts!

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His love endures forever.