Thanksgiving has become one of my most treasured times of the year. My family comes home, and they are on their best behavior. The food is amazing. If you ever get a chance to eat my wife’s cooking, you will never feel sorry for me again. There is a fall chill in the air. Football is on the television. And most of all, gratitude is in the air. Whatever attitudes have been carried throughout the year, at Thanksgiving, everyone pauses to give thanks.
Giving thanks changes nothing, but it changes everything. Gratitude can take us from complaining about our job, to being thankful that we have a job. It can take us from complaining about being old to giving thanks that we are alive. Gratitude can change our perspective, and when the way we see the world changes, everything changes.
Someone once said, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is that it does not have to be locked into November. The Fourth of July is always in July. St. Patrick’s day is always in March. Thanksgiving however, given a chance, can take over the entire year. It can become a friend that travels with you everywhere that you go. It can take over any month, any day, any hour. It can dominate, if we allow it, every month, every day, every hour.
The scripture asks us to give thanks. Psalm 118 says, “”Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” Do you want to change your attitude? Do you want to change your life? Give thanks. Give thanks. Give thanks.
It’s a beautiful day in God’s world, be sure to see the good.