A very thankful un-holiday to you

Thanksgiving.

Verb. Action word. Lists.

Lists that should eat up the house, overflow the cupboards, and create noise traps under the beds. Lists long enough to not fit on a flash drive or be spoken in one day.

Why do I forget to be thankful most of the year until a holiday gets mentioned?

“4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

I usually feel guilty after reading this verse. But that is not what thankfulness is aimed for…it is a better perspective on where you are and where you are going. Paul used this verse to encourage the believers to not forget the good God is doing in their lives and in the world. Thanks balanced out their prayers of need and helped them receive God’s peace.

So, rather than celebrating only one day a year, I propose to celebrate a Very Thankful Un-holiday quite frequently. Not tomorrow (the actual holiday), but probably the day after, taking time to enjoy, appreciate, and remember new things I am thankful for. Maybe I will even jot down ideas on a list to celwbrate the day after.

God, thank You for the power of being thankful and how it can lift us out of a slump. Please help me to celebrate all that You are doing more often! To Your glory, Amen.

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