Thanksgiving is a day that is different things to different people. For some, it’s a day to watch football. For others, they watch a local parade. Some people use it as a day to reach out to the poor and homeless and provide a meal that they couldn’t otherwise enjoy. But the one thread that runs through nearly every person and every event on this day is thankfulness.
It’s very easy to go about your day to day business and activities, and get caught up on the big and small problems of life. And I would challenge anyone reading this to NOT confine your thankfulness to just a single day of the year, but rather, be thankful every day for the good things that are in life.
Without a doubt, at some point someone will read this and say to themselves, “You don’t understand. I have so many problems right now, there really isn’t any good thing in my life.” Yet consider this: There will always be someone in a worse or more difficult situation than you. And you are alive and living on this earth, which means that you have an opportunity to do something for someone else that could have a positive impact on their life.
While it is certainly good to stop and feel thankful for what we have, I would say it is even better to use those things we are thankful for as a means to make someone else thankful. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
The biggest thing I am thankful for in my life is my God who loved me so much that he sent his Son to die in my place. And he’s given me a place on this world where I can make a difference.