I wonder what you will be doing tomorrow? Basting and sautéing in the kitchen? Pouring through the sale flyers in the newspaper? Watching the Macy’s Parade….followed by hours of college football? Or, maybe you are joining the thousands of bargain hunters who will begin their Christmas shopping at midnight.
My parents told me they are serving Thanksgiving Lunch to those in need. Their church in Ft. Walton provides a yummy meal, and my wonderful parents are going to serve it up! Now, if you knew my mother you’d understand just what a perfect use of her talents this is. She is nothing short of a gourmet chef, and she has never met a stranger. Her love for people and her skill in the kitchen will surely mean many people in Ft. Walton will have a fabulous Thanksgiving. And, my dad will work right alongside of her….although if past Thanksgivings are an indicator, he’ll probably sample the dishes as he serves them. I’m so proud of their willingness to give up their own Thanksgiving meal to serve others. What a great example….what a great gift….what a great set of parents I have!
So, maybe you and I won’t be serving in a soup kitchen today, but we can still use our talents to bless others.
Will you spend time with extended family? Pitch in and help out! Be patient and full of grace. And, be interested in their lives.
Will you cook a massive meal? Don’t stress over the details or complain about the work. Offer your labor as a gift to your family. Bless them with a lovely meal….and a lovely heart.
Will you shop today or on Black Friday? Plant a smile on your face for all to see. Be kind. Let others go first. No, really. Let others go first. The thrill of the deal is fun, but don’t get so caught up in the thrill that you disrespect someone else. Your kindness represents our Lord in a tangible way.
Will you watch football? Get off the couch every once in a while and put your dishes in the dishwasher. Thank the cooks around you for filling your belly. And, invite your family to snuggle next to you. They crave your love. Give it to them.
Will you relax in a peaceful home? Invite a neighbor to join you. We all need relationships, and the holidays can be a lonely time. Spending an hour with a neighbor extends a warm hand of friendship.
So, I don’t know what you’ll be doing tomorrow, but I pray you’ll bless others while you do it. Let’s take a lesson from the example of my parents….let’s enjoy the day and help others do the same.
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!