The Commercialization of Gratitude

When you hear the word "Thanksgiving," what are the first thoughts that come to mind?

Most people think of turkey, football, family, and pumpkin pie. Some think about the Pilgrims and Indians, especially if you have children in school who are studying the holiday. Some think of shopping because the day after Thanksgiving is known as one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

In recent years, the kick-off of Black Friday has slowly crept into Thanksgiving Day. How has a holiday that is supposed to be about expressing gratitude for what you have turned into an opportunity to focus on what you don't have? Isn't that ironic?

Don't misunderstand -- there's nothing wrong with celebrating Thanksgiving Day doing the things you love (eating special food, spending time with family, watching football, shopping, etc.). However, we challenge you this Thanksgiving to make sure that the materialism of Black Friday does not become the focus of your time and energy. Instead, focus on ALL the blessings you have! Rather than making a shopping list of the things you don't have, make a list of the ways you can give to others out of a gratitude of your abundance.

Our nation has been richly blessed in many ways, and it's important to take a day and give thanks to God for His good gifts.

How will you spend your day of giving thanks?