What a beautiful thing, God, to give thanks, to sing an anthem to you, the High God! Psalm 92:1 The Message
All day today I have been pondering the start of a new month. Specifically, a month marked by the celebration of Thanksgiving. I truly think it is a great tragedy that Thanksgiving gets edged out by the commercial-ness of Halloween and Christmas. I want to really celebrate Thanksgiving this year. So, in addition to hosting the big turkey feast at my home on the 22nd, I am going to try to set a few goals for this month.
First, I want to write good old fashioned handwritten notes to folks to tell them I appreciate them this month. I hope to write one a day. (I confess I am nervous as I write this that folks who know me in real life might wonder who gets one.) For the record, I am not ranking my loved ones. I actually hope it is a random sampling of people who receive letters. I am going to try to pray that God leads me to write just who needs to hear a kind word the most each day.
Secondly, I am praying about how to simplify my life. I am quite cognizant of the fact that my children are rapidly approaching an age where consumerism and materialism will become an issue. I need to have these issues under control in my own life before I start addressing it in theirs. When the word abundance is uttered, I want it to describe our spiritual and intangible blessings, not all the "stuff" in our lives.
I am hesititant to even put this out there into words, because I am having to really consider what that looks like practically in my life. I am praying hard. I am not a hoarder of things. I like to think of myself as a minimalist and a purger of "stuff." Yet, I have a long way to go about the attitude of my heart and my desires for more, nicer, newer...This longing for more is a distraction from cultivating an attitude of gratitude. It is like kudzu that chokes out my thankfulness.
So, here's to Day One of a journey toward Biblical appreciation and thanksgiving! I feel a bit like a patient anxiously approaching surgery. I know I will be better afterwards, but I am fearful that the process is going to hurt a little.