Who joins you for the celebration and who gets first dibs on the grandchildren? Or whose house do you go to—your dad’s, your mom’s, your stepdad’s, your wife’s step-mom’s? The combinations are endless and can make the “most wonderful time of the year”1 feel far from it.
So what should we do?
- Before you grab that cup of coffee, give thanks to God for the coffee.
- Before you brush your teeth, give thanks to God that you have teeth (real or otherwise.)
- Before you kiss your loved one (and I encourage you to kiss your loved one today) give thanks to God for two positive qualities they have.
- Before you go out to family dinner, thank God for the car, gas in the car, money for gas in the car, things you bring, clothes you wear, and health you have to go.
- Before relatives come over, give thanks to God that you have a place that is wind and rain shielding, climate controlled, food containing, bed holding, TV(s) occupying, food possessing, and_________(you fill in the blank.)
Giving thanks to God is a powerful antidote for the bitterness that can steal the joy from our holiday season.
An attitude of Thank-God-First
Relationships, often mixed with hurt, unforgiveness, anger, resentment, and fears, can act like a cloud that blocks the sunshine and warmth this season can bring. But if we intentionally thank-God-first, our attitudes can change because instead of focusing on what we don’t have or wish we had, we are celebrating God’s great love and provision for us.
The Bible says to “Give thanks in all circumstances.”2 When we intentionally look, we’ll see that we have many things (and people) to be thankful for. And this attitude of thank-God-first can help us to see just how good God has been to us—in spite of the annual fight over the giblets.
1”It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, Wyle/Pola; Demi Music Group.
21 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV
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