I’ll be honest, there was a point in this mess of 2020 that I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to find anything to be thankful for when Thanksgiving rolled around. I don’t have to remind you what all has happened this year. It’s been really close to awful at times. From illness to financial struggles, from relational issues to political divides this year seems to have brought everything all at once and thrown it at us!
But what happens when we flip the script on the year a bit? I mean think about it. I’m one of those people who believe that everything happens for a reason. Everything from not getting the closest parking spot to losing your job all happen for a reason. Having our normal routines totally thrown out of whack, while completely ridiculous and challenging, likely had a reason too. Our job as we approach Thanksgiving is to try to figure out what that reason might be.
I know that some of you are celebrating Thanksgiving away from family and it really doesn’t feel much like the holiday that you’re used to. But what can you do to keep that spirit of the season alive? Here are a few ideas that you can try to keep that thankful heart beating.
- Send personal letters to loved ones instead of those preprinted cards.
- Take more pictures of the times you do get to spend with friends and family.
- Use social media to be social instead of bashing those who think different.
- Use FaceTime to stay in touch with people you can’t see this year.
- Launch a Zoom Thanksgiving feast and showcase your favorite Thanksgiving food.
- Do a Drive-by visit to family you can’t see this year.
- Be intentional about saying thank you for just about everything.
- Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone. Make a significant impact in someone’s life that will change their world.
Thanksgiving is about attitude and heart not about life circumstances. When our heart and our attitude are in the right place, even the most challenging of 2020’s dealings won’t derail us too far.
From my family to yours have a wonderful, happy and blessed Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for each and every one of you.