It's Thanksgiving week! My second favorite holiday - the first one is Christmas. With Thanksgiving comes dressing, that canned cranberry sauce (that's like manna), sweet potato casserole, my Granny and Papas's hot house (because they refuse to run the A/C), and catching up with family that we haven't seen for months. Usually.
Not this year. Like lots of families, plans have changed and have been adapted this time around. My Granny and Papa, like lots of people their age, have health issues and hesitancies because the number of COVID-19 cases have spiked and people aren't taking the pandemic seriously. Time spent with them is cherished and precious. I'm disappointed, sad even. It'll for sure be different.
2020 has been a year for the books - not in a good way. There has been lots of tragedy, mouth-dropping events, letdowns, and disrupted normalcies happening all around. All across the country, schools have been anything but normal, events have been canceled, and people are struggling physically and mentally. But as we are still in the midst of this pandemic and the chances of 2020 still surprising us are high, there's still good to be experienced.
I have an (almost) two-year-old and a five-year-old. They are fun, spunky, and sweet. But, to be honest, sometimes they are the whiniest little people around. When they don't get their way, when their expectations aren't met, or if one of them takes something from the other, they are little, whiny monsters who have succumbed to their own selfishness. A lot of adults have been acting this same way (including myself) because of this pandemic's disruptions. From whining about having to wear a mask or missing out on events that were canceled, it's turned a lot of people into little, whiny monsters (that resemble my little ones) drowning in their own selfishness. Our selfishness is put in the spotlight when we whine and complain about things and make statements that are littered with "I" or "me". When we're stuck in this mode, it's incredibly hard to step back and see the good - to be thankful for the good (even for the tough).
Let's be challenged this week (and the rest of the year) to focus on the good, lessons learned, and things accomplished and be thankful for them. From the fact that there is a HUGE God that loves you so much and is way bigger than your current frustrations to the new hobby that you were able to pick up because of extra time on your hands, there's a lot to be thankful for.
pause and notice the things around (from the nature that surrounds you that seems to praise the Creator to that person helping out a complete stranger)
make a list of all the good that you have/are experiencing
don't camp out in your feelings of frustration when things aren't "normal" (remember that those in leadership positions are feeling immense pressure, anxiety, and are having internal battles when it comes to making decisions that they don't want to make either)
Speaking for myself, though my family's "normal" Thanksgiving has been turned on its head, I'm thankful that we get to try our hand at replicating those Thanksgiving dishes (and the memories that will surely be made), how close my family has gotten, and the lessons God has taught me (so far) this year.
So, what are you thankful for?