November 19, 2012 by Kara Nichols
Thanksgiving can be a dreaded time of year. There are family disputes, dry turkey, and a sense of loneliness that seems to be reserved especially for the holidays. For most years it’s just about football and food for me. But this year I am challenging myself to making Thursday about ThanksLiving.
I want to conjure up a spirit of thankfulness because I am so blessed. I can look back on times that were difficult and see God’s hand slowly escorting me to this moment in time. He was there with me, even when I did not believe in Him.
Picture this: It’s Thanksgiving Day & the aroma of roast turkey fills Charlie Brown’s house. Snoopy, outside, lying on top of his doghouse, smells that aroma, & he is thinking, “It’s Thanksgiving Day. Everybody eats turkey on Thanksgiving Day.” So he lies there, watching the back door, eagerly awaiting his Thanksgiving dinner.
Finally, the door opens & here comes Charlie Brown with a bowl of dog food, & he puts it on the ground. Snoopy gets off of his house & stares at the dog food with a forlorn look on his face. And he thinks, “Just because I’m a dog, I have to eat dog food on Thanksgiving Day.”
Then the next scene shows him looking at the dog food more intently, & he is thinking, “It could be worse. I could be the turkey.”Some years I’ve felt like the turkey, how about you?
Psalm 107:1 reminds us that we are to “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” The Lord is GOOD. No matter how BAD my circumstances may be – He is faithful to complete a good work in me. I believe. And I am thankful.
Some of my friends have been doing a meme about what they are thankful for this month. I thought I’d just consolidate it into one post. So here goes. In no particular order:
1. I’m thankful for God. Without him I would be dead.
2. Fresh air.
3. Clean water to drink.
4. Second chances.
5. My parents – they rock.
6. My siblings and their families – they rock too.
7. Doug, my wonderful boyfriend.
8. Music – it heals my soul.
9. The ocean – my favorite place to be in the world.
10. My cat Bijoux – she brings me much joy.
11. Flat iron to tame my curls.
12. The holidays. I love being with my family.
13. My car – it’s about 10 years old now and has never given me trouble.
14. A warm bed – more a lot of the population can say.
15. Food – while my enemy a lot of times – still nourishes my body.
16. Contract writing gigs – I am so happy to be doing what I love again.
17. That God’s mercies are new every morning.
18. Pumpkin spice lattes.
19. A place to live! I was close to being homeless in Oregon. Thankful my parents put a roof over my head.
20. Spiritual revival. It is alive in me.
21. Sunny days in the fall.
22. My laptop so I can write.
23. Pinterest – where I find all kinds of cool things.
24. My best girl friend Amy Johnson. She rocks.
25. Movies! I love going to the movies.
26. Bubble baths.
27. My church – Blue Ridge.
28. My body – despite how much I hate it at times – I am healthy.
29. Burt’s Bees Honey chapstick.
30. The opportunity to serve others at church and the Center for Recovery and Wellness.
I pray that as you prepare for Thanksgiving – whether you will be alone or surrounded by people who irritate you (see: family) that you will have an attitude of ThanksLiving. I’m hoping the same for myself. Write down what you are thankful for and carry the list around you on Thursday. I double dog dare you to tell someone you are thankful for them. Bonus points if it’s someone you haven’t talked to in awhile or don’t really get along with. There is always something to be thankful for. Even though we can’t have all we want, we should be thankful we don’t get what we deserve.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4