I think that the Thanksgiving season is my favorite time of the year (all the food and not so much stress). I love Thanksgiving! Over the years I’ve developed some traditions that I look forward to: traveling to see friends and family; cooking up a full “thanksgiving” meal; sitting around after lunch with a full belly and a remote control; doing some crazy “midnight” shopping on black Friday… just a whole lot of fun and I love it.
Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays that doesn’t stress me out! At church we acknowledge and even “play up” (if you will) Thanksgiving, but the business is minimal and with some intentionality on my part, I find the opportunity to really stop and recognize my blessings and be thankful. God has blessed me in so many ways and while I’m sure the better plan is to be consistently thankful, I’m thankful for a day like Thanksgiving that is dedicated to thankfulness.
There is a radio talk show host here in Nashville that when asked, “How are you?” replies, “Better than I deserve.” When I take the time to consider all the blessings God has bestowed on me, I am quickly humbled and quickly realize how much I’ve been given and how unworthy I truly am.
My list is long and I’m sure there are many things I would forget, but as I travel this season I plan to take that time to recall the things that God has done for me (Psalm 71). I will praise Him for His mighty acts. I will praise Him according to His excellent greatness (Psalm 150). I will sing to the Lord for the marvelous things He has done for me (Psalm 98).
So, if you’re traveling on the highway this weekend and hear some crazy singing, shouting, and praising… it might be me… and I hope it’s you!
Happy Thanksgiving friends!