What Does It Mean To Be Grateful?
Adjective: Feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.
Synonyms: thankful – appreciative – beholden
Thanksgiving causes us to consider the more general and global things we’re thankful for. But too often we get sidetracked from the true purpose of this day in all our busyness and preparations. How about some new ideas to shake up your thoughts about this celebration of our blessings? We can be grateful even for the mundane tasks of life. When you’re tempted to get grumpy, read on.
Let’s really Give Thanks this week!
- In spite of all this holiday involves: traveling, packing, shopping, cleaning, cooking—be grateful for our ability to freely celebrate with family and friends, to freely call this day one of Thanksgiving to God.
- Be thankful for those tiring grocery trips to gather the turkey, sweet potatoes, veggies, and other delicacies for the weekend. In decades past, we would have spent the last five months feeding, cleaning, and bringing water to those birds, only to have to slaughter and pluck them! And there would be the digging up of those sweet potatoes and weeding of veggies (all summer long)! Oh, it does sound so quaint, doesn’t it?! Believe me, it’s hard work – we’ve done it!
- Be grateful for our busy husbands, even though they may be too busy to help us prepare for the feast and visitors. Stop to remember how hard they work to provide for us. We’re easily tempted to get a little bitter as they doze off or get sidetracked while we handle all the prep work!
- Be thankful for our home with all its disorder that we must clean and organize to prepare for our guests. We could have no home to clean or belongings to organize, like so many less fortunate families in this world.
- Be thankful for our cars and the gas to run them. We could be traveling by horse and carriage, with the wind creeping through the tarps on the windows, suffering through the discomfort and jolting of wooden wheels on rock-strewn roads. Hmmm….suddenly our trip sounds more appealing!
- Be grateful for our noisy, mess-making children, who are also tired from all the work or from trying to be patient while we work, who get in our way when we’re trying to make our meal plans, write our grocery list, dust and vacuum and cook. It won’t be long before our homes will be empty and those same children will have their own children making noise and messes. But wait, there’s more! Our children’s children will make messes and noise again in our homes when they….um, let me guess…..when they come to visit us for Thanksgiving!
So there we go! So many reasons and such blessings abound if we will only look long enough and close enough to see them. Family, friends, food, fun – all gifts from the Father above. We have much for which to Be Grateful!
“And from them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry……” Jeremiah 30:19