This week I am excited about Thanksgiving. Last Thanksgiving we were in Nigeria, but we were so busy getting ready to leave for the States for Nigeria’s elections, we did not do anything different or special, we just kept on working. Well, this year we get to have Thanksgiving with American friends who are also missionaries in Nigeria! I am so excited! It is fun and encouraging to get together with others who are in the same boat as you and not in your home country. I will miss our family so much, but am thankful for the expanded family God has given us here in Nigeria and the chance to celebrate His goodness, protection, and care as we gather and share stories about what God is doing in our respective home states in Nigeria.
Thursday when you gather with friends and family, remember this does not need to be the only time you display “Thankfulness”. Something I have tried for years is to display an “attitude of gratitude”. I know this sounds Oprahish, but it is so true. Truly being grateful and content in your spirit for all life has for you and the provisions God has given us is a lifestyle. A simple choice and then a lifestyle, that’s all it takes!
My thought for today is this: This Thanksgiving START living with an attitude of gratitude. Start that day out being thankful for the electricity or gas to cook your turkey, the ability to gather as a family, the sister that always annoys you, or the cousin who is too obnoxious for words. Draw a line in the sand and say, “from this day forward I will live in gratitude”.