Thanksgiving is on Thursdaaaaaaayyy!!
Am I excited? Of course!
Am I looking forward to the guests and platefuls of delicious food? Definitely!
Am I disgusted that we have flipped this celebration completely backwards? *sigh* Yes. Very.
Just like every other holiday, it seems like we have forgotten the point. The day to celebrate Jesus' birth has turned into a day to celebrate ourselves. Easter, when we should be rejoicing that He has risen from the grave, has been covered in chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs. And now thanksgiving, a day spent in praising God's blessings upon us, has turned into a day for stuffing our stomachs until we feel sick.
It's terrible. How could we have forgotten the whole point?
Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks. It's a day to praise God for all that He has given us. But somehow we, in the 21st century, have turned it completely around. If you ask someone what they are looking forward to this week, they will most likely comment on the vast amounts of food awaiting them. Yet do they mention how thankful they are? Or are they even thankful in the first place? When Thanksgiving comes our way, we forget all the blessings that God has bestowed upon us so generously and merely take it for granted. Instead, we often focus on friends, family, and food.
Are friends, family, and food wrong? Certainly not! Food is absolutely necessary for survival, and family and friends are wonderful and important parts of our life. But it is also definitely true that we can make them more important than they should be. What is #1 in your life? Can others clearly see that it is #1 in your life?
I realize that you already understand what Thanksgiving is. We have all heard about the first Thanksgiving...how the pilgrims celebrated with their Native American friends and worshiped God for His blessings. We already know what this celebration should look like. But don't you think that we could all use a reminder?
"I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving." -Psalm 69:30
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!" -Philippians 4:4
"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Even a secular dictionary described Thanksgiving with the right mindset... "a day set apart for giving thanks to God." Hmm...how ironic that Dictionary.com gets it right when we so often get it wrong.
This week, I propose a challenge to you. Instead of focusing on ourselves, let's make a difference. Let's use this Thanksgiving celebration to honor God. Let's remember Who our #1 should be and be diligent at actually living out our beliefs.
The challenge is simple. I want to wake up every morning with a prayer of thanksgiving on my lips. I want to live each day sending up prayers of gratitude to heaven. I want to use the blessings God has given me to encourage others through simple complements, random acts of kindness, and spending time with them. I want this week to point to God, not myself.
I would love if you would join me. Do you also want to make a difference this Thanksgiving celebration?
How are YOU going to point others to Christ instead of yourself? Comment Below!