Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the good things that we have been blessed with. I know many families who take the time prior to eating their Thanksgiving feast to go around the table and share one thing that they are thankful for. It is a great way to reflect on the many blessings that we have, but is it enough? Many times, the answers are quite shallow, and without real meaning. We are always thankful for our families, our homes, cars, jobs, friends, and of course the bountiful feast we are about to eat, but is that really all there is to be thankful for?
Please don’t get me wrong, these are amazing ideas on which we should be thankful, but I feel that we are selling ourselves short by sticking to the same answer’s year in and year out. When we have the opportunity to share what we are thankful for, I believe that we should really take the time to reflect on our lives, regardless of how old we may be, and find that one very meaningful thing that we are most grateful for. It may be as simple at a job, a home, your wonderful family, but could it be deeper than even that? Where did these things come from? Who made them possible?
I am not trying to put ideas in anyone’s head, because really, I can’t. Your gratefulness is your own. What I am thankful for will be different than what you are thankful for. The words and ideas may be the same, but the purpose and emotion will most likely be different.
So, this Thanksgiving, pray, meditate, reflect on what it is that you are most thankful for. It’s all about what is in your heart, and it is a personal issue that only you can decide. You need not be thankful for the same things your neighbor is thankful for, and you need not be thankful just for thanksgiving sake. But, surely there are things in your life that you are truly thankful for. There is always something to be thankful for.
We live in the greatest nation in the world. We live under the loving and caring hands of the God who created all things. We have because He has blessed us in an abundance of ways. If nothing else be thankful for the blessing it is to live in this great nation, imperfect as she is, but great nonetheless, and the freedom and the blessing to send your children to Mountain View Christian Academy, where they can not only gain academic knowledge, but to grow spiritually with a true understanding of grace, mercy, morality, and all of the attributes that will make for a better person and a better society.
From all the teachers and staff of MVCA, have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day!