When most of us think of Thanksgiving, turkeys and big meals usually come to mind. Who can stick to a diet when some of the dishes passed around the table are offered only once a year? It’s the one holiday when tradition demands we eat as much as we want, guilt-free.
Or perhaps what comes to mind is that it’s a day when entire families gather, and we reaquaint ourselves with people we rarely see. Sometimes that’s good . . . sometimes not so much. In a culture that seems increasingly divided, some of us might need to be careful about the direction of our conversations!
Eating, fellowship, pilgrims, the Christmas season kickoff are all good things. But perhaps most importantly, the reason President Lincoln created this holiday was to remind us to thank God for the many blessings He’s given us.
As my pastor reminded me last Sunday, core evidence of a healthy person is gratitude. I ask you: is it possible for a person to be angry and grateful at the same time? Here’s an equation to remember:
Gratitude + expression = shared happiness.
So this year at the dinner table, why not be the obnoxious relative who insists everyone share at least one thing they’re grateful for?