In Everything and for Everyone, Give Thanks
It’s Thanksgiving week. Most people I know try their best to get along with family and friends during this time of the year. I don’t know if it’s because they feel guilty after almost a year of snubbing relationships they really don’t want to maintain, or if it’s because this particular holiday season causes them to just be friendlier than usual. Whether we look at all the people in our life with sincere love and appreciation or view them as nothing more than big turkeys to endure, it is time to stop and be thankful for the relationships God has given us.
You don’t get to choose your family, just your friends. Yet, we are affected as much by the relationships we don’t choose as those we purposely choose. So during this Thanksgiving holiday season, I’ve come up with some questions to reflect on:
What are you thankful for about your family?
What are you thankful for about your friends?
How do you express your thankfulness to others?
We all come from different backgrounds. We all have our unique individual stories of relationships that have brought complete joy and those which have brought pure hurt. But this Thanksgiving season, let us strive to obey I Thessalonians 5:18 which reads, “In everything give thanks.” After all, God placed these people in your life, and He knows what the future holds!
Chad Flowers is married to his best friend and teammate, Mendy. He’s a daddy to two incredible little girls, Jadyn and Keira, and one son, Chandler. He lives in Mesquite, Texas where he has a private practice as a licensed professional counselor and serves as pastor of Emmanuel Pentecostal Church.