What are you thankful for? Are you thankful for the hustle and bustle…are you thankful for trying to squeeze all of your visits in in one day. When we were first married, we would have 4 dinners on Thanksgiving Day. We didn’t know how to deal, it was actually one of the first stresser’s in our young married life. Who’s house to do we go to, how long can we stay here before we have to be there? Why more with one family over another? We eventually learned how to manage, and we always made it everywhere and did our best. The sad realization is that 2 of those dinners are no longer an option, Allen’s sweet grandma’s have gone to heaven. What it would be like to have one more Thanksgiving with them, and their yummy cooking.
So, with that thought it got me thinking. As I may be blessed with more than one Thanksgiving meal this year, I am going to be ever grateful for the hustle and bustle. Except I’m not going to hustle and bustle, I am going to be present in the situations I find myself in. I’m going to take time and give my all to the people in front of me. I’m not going to get caught up in the many places that we have to be. I’m going to thoroughly enjoy them for the gifts that they are. I’m not going to focus on who is not there, rather on who is right in front of me. I’m going to cherish making new memories with the people God has placed before me.
How? Glad you asked. Simple, by loving others more than myself. Honoring. Respecting, Listening. And most important of all, LOVING FREELY with agape love, expecting nothing in return and somehow in the process–gaining everything.
Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your mind. This the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
v39. Love your Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Aunt, Uncle, Cousin, Nephew, Niece, and everyone in between as yourself…
I want to encourage you as your enter your day of Thanksgiving tomorrow, may it be just that. A day of thankfulness for God’s many blessings. Be present with the ones right in front of you. Don’t get caught up in chatter that doesn’t build others up. If you ground yourself in the two greatest commandments listed above, it will be easy peasy. Point others toward Jesus with your actions, not away from Him…be the difference, be the light…make new traditions and most importantly play lots of games! 😉