Thanksgiving should mean more. We should do more to honor the Thanksgiving holiday season.
2 Corinthians 4:15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
Recognizing where thanks are due and giving it freely has made a tremendous impact on my life. I am really grateful in my prayer life, but I struggle to verbalize my gratitude toward others. I work under the assumption that those closest to me know how much I appreciate them and that saying it out loud is unnecessary. It’s easier to say thank you for things done in the immediate past but what about saying thank you to parents that dedicated their lives to yours. How do you say thank you for that? Or if you have been married for thirty years and think you’ve said thank you enough? There are things in our lives that feel almost too big or too difficult. I tell myself one of a few things. The first is that the other person(s) know how I feel and therefore saying it again would be overkill. Or second, that I could never put my feelings of gratitude into words that would be sufficient for what the other person deserves. Lastly, I am too scared to show feelings. Have you thought about these things?
I think that Thanksgiving is the perfect time to bridge the gap. You can be extravagant with your gesture and it won’t seem odd or out of place. If you are like me then I think we are missing an opportunity every year. Instead, we post some pictures of all the food we’re about to eat and then about how it’s almost Christmas. Even if someone decides to post something about gratitude on their socials it is usually a candied picture with “Give Thanks” written in italics or a good ole bible verse. All of that sounds so harsh but to some extent it’s reality. Where is the feeling of gratitude? We are capable of sharing so much more and we need to! It makes both parties involved feel good. For the millionth time, God put us here to love other people. Showing the ones you love how grateful you are is equivalent to expressing your thankfulness to God. He does not need to hear a thank you, but I think He wants to see us express thanks to others.
I want this post to be short and to the point. Tell your people how truly grateful you are to have them in your life. I am by no means the expert here and there is no one size fits all but it needs to be done. Be thankful in a meaningful way. What does that mean? Do something that you know they would love. Speak their language. If you know that social media does not mean a whole lot to them but a letter would make them cry, write the letter. Giving thanks is not about you, it’s about the other person and making them feel special. Take the Thanksgiving holiday to say a genuine thank you to those closest to you. Don’t miss out on being grateful in a big way.
Some ideas: write a note, send a longer text than usual, post a picture (this is only impactful if you don’t post often), phone call, in person (yikes).
1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.