My family and I are not fans of Thanksgiving. When I discovered that it was the National Day of Mourning for many Native Americans, the holiday became far more sober and less festive. We ditched the traditional celebration in favor of simply being thankful all the time, and one way that I think we’ve achieved this is through our Gratitude Board.
Our gratitude board is a big, white board in the central part of our home; it’s the place where we write about the things that we are thankful for.
This past Sunday at our church, our pastor encouraged the congregation to post notes of thankfulness on an extremely large gratitude board. It felt good to post to the church’s board because it had been a couple of weeks since I’d posted to the one at home.
If you strip away the fallacious history of Thanksgiving and remove everything except the gratitude, you’re left with a beautiful holiday. Thanksgiving is a good reminder that gratitude is an everyday necessity – not something that we should actively engage in and pursue just once a year.
Let’s be thankful every day.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.