I love Thanksgiving.
It is a time to gather with loved ones and consider all the things for which we should be grateful. But Thanksgiving can be chaotic. There is much to do. There are many friends to visit. There is a lot of turkey to eat.
But don’t let the busyness of the day cause you to miss enjoying Thanksgiving this year. Be intentional. Make a Thanksgiving checklist. Let me help you get started on it.
Here are eight items to put on your Thanksgiving Day checklist:
- Spend time reading the Bible. Do this in the morning, before the day gets too crazy. For me, I plan to continue with my Bible reading. But if you are unsure where to start, read Luke 23:26 – 24:12. Take time to consider the verses. They tell of Jesus’ death and resurrection. This is something for which we all should be thankful.
- Talk to your parents. As a young parent, I am constantly becoming more aware of the sacrifice my parents made for me. They are the ones you woke up every few hours in the night during your first year of life. They are the ones who put up with your teenage years. And through it all, they loved you. Thank them. They deserve it.
- Contact a few of your friends. Give them a phone call or maybe a text. Wish them a Happy Thanksgiving and let them know you are grateful for their friendship.
- Laugh with your kids. Show them they bring happiness to your life. I tell my sons three things every night: (1.) I love you, (2.) I am proud of you, and (3.) I am so glad I get to be your dad. Enjoy time with your kids, and tell each one you love them, are proud of them, and are glad you get to be their dad or mom.
- Spend time with loved ones. Hopefully around a table, eating turkey and dressing. Tell stories, laugh often, and enjoy their presence. If the choice is between time with family and a movie, choose the former.
- Count your blessings. We are underserving of anything. Because of this, we should be in a posture of thankfulness for however much or little we have been given. Pursue contentment. Worry less about wants and focus on what you have.
- Pray by yourself and with others. God is the giver of all things. Anything we have been given is undeserved. Thank Him for what He has provided you.
- Cherish these moments. Realize moments like these are to be treasured. Look around the room. Take a mental snapshot. Soak it in. There is no guarantee this year will look like the next.
Thanksgiving will be here in a few days. Make plans to have a great Thanksgiving. Be intentional with you time that day. And have a wonderful Thanksgiving.