Don’t Rush Thanksgiving

I am very pleased to see that a lot of my Facebook friends are posting what they are thankful for this month.

My Preacher’s sermon this week was on being thankful, at all times.

Thanksgiving is a very special time of the year. It is a time to get together with friends and family, even those that you may not have seen very much through out the year.

It is a time to count your blessings and pay it forward.

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Instead of planning our “Feast of Plenty” around the Black Friday early bird schedule, we need to reach out to those less fortunate this year.

Instead of worrying about which line we plan to camp out it to get that deeply discounted item, we need to be thinking about what we can do for others to help make their holiday special.

Where are we most needed to serve others?

Many churches put on a special dinner for those in need and they can always use your donations and your time.

There are a lot of missions that provide a holiday meal for the needy and they are always in need of more volunteers.

What about that co- worker, friend, or neighbor that will be alone this Thanksgiving?
Invite them to have dinner with your family!

These are the kinds of things that bring you the greatest pleasure and richest blessings, more than any sale ever could.

I don’t have a problem with ” Black Friday” on the day after Thanksgiving.
But I do have a problem with it when it starts on Thursday.

Many stores are now starting their BlackFriday sales on Thanksgiving evening. I even saw an ad for Kmart that said their sales start 6am Thanksgiving morning.

When will it end? If we are not careful, this Black Friday will end up replacing Thanksgiving altogether!

Yeap, lets just skip over giving thanks and go right into being greedy.

Thanksgiving is the start of the holiday season, so lets start it off right.

If we start off with thankful hearts and a giving spirit, putting the needs of others before our own, we will end the season with more blessings than we can count. That is how you find your JOY!

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return. Luke 6:38

This is my challenge to you this week:

Be more aware of the needs of others rather than the sales ads.

Instead of searching the Internet for the best deals, search your heart and open your home to someone in need.

Let’s send a message loud and clear.
Keep Thursday as a day of Thanksgiving not shopping!

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