My office just set up the name for a two year anniversary for our building campaign. They’re calling it ‘Living Thanksgiving.’ Here are my initial thoughts…
Living Thanksgiving seems like a bizarre way of life. Parades every morning, the whole family showing up for lunch (which ends up being a feast), and It’s A Wonderful Life playing while everybody snoozes through the evening. Like a lesser-known Norman Rockwell painting. Or a Currier & Ives knock-off card at the discount card shop in Tijuana. I don’t know that I could deal with the parades every day. And I know that I can only handle so much of Jimmy Stewart.
Thanksgiving is wonderful because it happens once a year. I love laying around with family after dinner, so full I have to loosen clothing and groan with every breath… but not every day. And I love Jimmy Stewart and that weird Ghost, Clarence… but I can’t deal with it every night. And I love my family absolutely, but I couldn’t spend every day with them all over my house. I’d end up locking myself into the basement or a closet somewhere.
The point, my friends, is this… Living Thanksgiving doesn’t mean living out the thanksgiving holiday perpetually like a Bill Murray movie. It means using every day as another opportunity to be thankful. Using your life as a form of Worship to our Creator. More than singing songs to Him on Sunday morning, occasionally reading scripture and showing up to church on Sunday. It’s literally living a life of Praise. Thankfully, that doesn’t have to involve Aunt Mildred’s jell-o salad or Jimmy Stewart.