With Thanksgiving fast approaching, what better time to write a Thankful Post. Every day you wake up, is another day to be thankful. We take so many things for granted each, and every day. Let’s all try to slow down and focus on what’s truly important to us.
A friend of mine posted an article about being Grateful and also have a 5-day Gratitude Challenge if you are interested in diving deeper.
Take a moment of think of your TOP 10 Reasons to be Thankful/Grateful.
Here is my list.
- My God who loves me unconditionally, and forgives me as many times as it takes.
- My husband, who is truly my best friend and I wouldn’t want to do this life without.
- Each of my children. Together they bring so much joy and life to our little family.
- Parents, who support and encourage me in all walks of life.
- Our church, which is more than a building. Its a place we go and can be ourselves, share our good and bad times and know that the people there truly love and care for us. We are all there to help one another and would do anything to show God’s love.
- Our ‘heart’ parents, who may not be blood, but are very much part of our family. Without their love, support, and constant Godly encouragement, we would not be where we are today. It helps that “Papa John” is one of our Pastors. 😀
- A home that we do not deserve, but God has blessed.
- The girl’s school. They attend a Top-rated Charter School. It is a lottery school and near impossible to get into. After much prayer and the slim chance of getting in, we applied and Allyssa was accepted. Since she got in Kindergarten year, both other kids are automatically in. This was a HUGE blessing. The kids get great education, the school is very volunteer/family oriented and each year we are so pleased with the teachers and staff.
- Coffee! How can I possibly leave that one out? I mean, I am seriously made up of half coffee. I drink it all day every day and survive on it. 😀
- My Goats! Yes, I mean it, they bring so much happiness to this lady. So much easier than dogs. Always happy to see me, they bounce and frolic and just make me happy.
So as you can see, very few things made my TOP 10 list that are materialistic. Why do so many people strive for “things” yet if you ask most people, what truly matters and makes them happy, its the people in their lives that mean the most? Maybe instead of focusing so much on what we don’t have, we would be much happier focusing on what we do have.
While writing this post, I decided to take a survey and see what other peoples answers would be. Kinda to see if I was on point or maybe totally wrong in my thinking. I spoke to several people but decided to only include one for the purposes of this post.
Mark Mathos wrote:
1 Jesus died for me
2 I have 6 wonderful children
3 I have a beautiful wife that loves me
4 I have a church family that loves me
5 My grandchildren
6 I have pretty good health
7 FOOD and a roof over my head.
8 I have some good friends
9 I have a job
10 I am going to school to better myself
Pretty much EVERYONE I spoke to said the same things. Very few variations. No one, said they were thankful for their Big screen TV, new furniture, new car, new jewelry, etc etc. See its really not about having all the newest, fanciest, most expensive THINGS. It’s about caring for, loving on, and spending more time with those we care about most.
So, this Thanksgiving I want to encourage you to sit down, make your own list. Change your focus from wanting/needing, and in turn being ungrateful, and instead focus on being truly Thankful. Then think of 3 things you can DO for someone who may be having a tough time.
I am one of those people that I tend to cook for others. If someone is having a procedure, a new baby, sick, or maybe just going through a difficult situation, I make them a meal. If I don’t have time to make a meal, maybe I’ll bake some muffins or cookies and deliver a card. It doesn’t require a lot but shows that I am truly thinking/praying for them and they are important.
No time/money to cook a meal? That’s okay. Take out a piece of paper, it can even be a sticky note and send a note. You would be surprised how much a handwritten note can brighten someone’s day. It doesn’t even have to say much. “Thinking and praying for you today.” Is simply good enough.
Above is something I did for the girl’s teachers. It was simple, yet meaningful.
You can even be anonymous if you’d like. Afterall, giving isn’t about getting attention or acclamation, it’s about caring enough for someone else to do something/anything special for them. Just like Paul said, “Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.“
There is such a difference between someone who is a generous giver because they have the heart for it and someone who does it out of obligations and grudgingly.
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” Deuteronomy 15:10
If we could all stop focusing on our problems, give those to GOD, and do for others. There are ALWAYS people going through so much worse things we are. Each and every one of us has so much to be THANKFUL for.
I pray that this Thanksgiving will be one you remember to focus on TIME with those you love. Turn off the phones. Sit and actually enjoy the company of those around you. Play games, tell funny stories, encourage one another, and of course overindulge in all the food for ONE day. Be HAPPY! This life could be gone tomorrow.
What are your plans this Thanksgiving?
Would love for you to share.