You may be thinking a good Thanksgiving in your home is impossible. You may be thinking, O Yvonne, if you knew my family, you would understand. We argue about politics and religion at the dinner table, and everyone leaves angry.
Perhaps you have a baby, two toddlers, a military husband on deployment, and a parent in a wheelchair. You may be thinking, Yvonne, are you crazy? How can I make this Thanksgiving a good one? My house will win the prize for difficulties, disruptions, and disaster.
No matter what your circumstances are, you can make this Thanksgiving a good one. Before you send me hate mail or throw eggs at my home or car, let me share a few ideas with you.
List At Least Three Things You’re Grateful for
Maybe you live in another country and don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. That’s okay. In Ephesians 5:20, Paul says: “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything . . . “ Review the past year and list at least three things you can thank God for. You’ll probably have more than three and that will make your Thanksgiving a good one.
You can “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) as you shop for groceries, clean your home, and prepare your special meal. You can pray for your guests and make politics and religion off-limits. If you plan to eat at a restaurant, pray you don’t have to wait in line a long time. Pray for the manager, the cook, the waiters, and the dishwashers. Answered prayers should make your Thanksgiving a good one.
Practice Knowledge and Good Judgment
If you plan to take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, remember to ask God to teach you knowledge and good judgment (Psalm 119:66) and practice it. You will be delighted when you pay your bills first and stay within your budget no matter how irresistible the bargains seem. When you can balance your checkbook in the black and receive a manageable credit card statement, that should make your Thanksgiving more than good. Who knows? You might even sing, “Give Thanks” (http://bit.ly/2fVsHeL)
Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega November 21, 2016