Make Thanksgiving last … all year through!
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Chances are, you’ve made at least a dent in the Thanksgiving leftovers. You might even be growing tired of turkey and all the trimmings.
Hopefully, a few days of extra rest have restored your soul. It’s been a difficult year, so it is important to be reminded to be grateful.
Thanksgiving 2020 is behind you. So, now what?
Christmas is just weeks away. There are lists to be made and gifts to buy. A house to decorate. Traditions to follow. At work, year-end deadlines loom.
On top of it all, the chaos of COVID-19, ever-mounting sickness and death, casts a shadow over what’s to come.
Perhaps gratitude may seem like it’s quickly being pushed to the background? Just like that, as “to do” lists grow and life overwhelms, the warm and wonderful feeling of Thanksgiving Day is lost in the shuffle!
But you don’t have to let it go.
Just as you choose to eat healthy (or not) — be kind to your spouse, family, and coworkers — lace up your tennis shoes and hit the pavement for some exercise — and pick up your Bible each day … thanksgiving is a choice. A habit you pursue, an attitude you allow to fill your heart and flow out of your mouth.
And what does it take for thankfulness to “stick” long after the pumpkin pie is consumed?
Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar used to proclaim that a person can change their mindset — even develop a good habit — in about 21 days. If this is true, you can foster and sharpen your heart of gratitude in less than a month!
Here’s the challenge as 2020 draws to a close:
Determine to wake up every day for the next 30 days and thank the Lord for the blessings in your life. Profess your gratefulness to Him for all He’s done.
But don’t stop there! Share your thankfulness throughout the day with others. Tell your spouse. Your children. Your grandchildren. Display an “attitude of gratitude” at work … at the gym … even at the grocery store!
With so much “bad news” swirling around, it’s easy to get caught up in the negativity. Fight the urge! Be thankful instead. See if after 30 days thankfulness comes easier for you. Over time, you’ll develop a heart of constant gratitude that lasts all year through!
My prayer this week—Lord, help me grow an attitude of gratitude long after Thanksgiving Day is over. Help me shine the light of Jesus by sharing of His goodness and showing it on my face, even when times are tough. Over the next 30 days, help me develop a habit of being thankful … one that will carry me into 2021 and beyond!