More Than Just Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! As I was posting a fairly generic “Happy Thanksgiving” status update on Facebook this morning, I had a thought run through my mind, and I wanted to share it here.

Now, I’m just gonna be really honest here, and for the sake of not wanting to sound critical or condemning, I’m gonna share what’s on my heart by talking about it in the first person – about myself. As I was updating my Facebook status, I had an epiphany of sorts, most likely courtesy of my friend, Holy Spirit. It was one of those super quick passing thoughts that, when you think about it, was actually composed of a lot of different thoughts! In America, Thanksgiving is a big holiday centered around food, family, and football. And in the midst of all of this, we set our hearts to give thanks for all of the blessings the Lord has poured out upon us. It’s a wonderful time that I love more and more each year. I began to realize how, bluntly stated,  I am pretty darn selfish on Thanksgiving. I tend to think about all those things I’m thankful for while either sitting on the couch hanging out and watching TV or at the table overindulging on all of the amazing food. I just let everyone else do all the work of cooking and cleaning while I sit back and become gluttonous in my relaxing and eating. I felt like the Holy Spirit was just showing me that it’s not enough to just reflect on everything I am thankful for on Thanksgiving (or any day, for that matter). I should be serving, going out of the way to help others, in order to not only give them something to be thankful for, but also to give them a chance to sit down for a few minutes and reflect on all of their blessings.

I’m honestly feeling pretty convicted right now. I want my life to be a reflection of Jesus, and He was (and is) the greatest servant of all. So, today I’m going to try my hardest to be a blessing to those around me. To help clear the table, wash the dishes, and do whatever else I can to help out – with a joyful, grateful heart and a smile on my face. I’d like to challenge you to do the same. Let’s be servants today and love with everything that we have, giving thanks that God has given us the opportunity to be with friends and family and to serve them.

“For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.” Luke 22:27

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