Thanks and Giving
Wow, I can’t believe it is November already! Where has the year gone? Halloween is over – the rush of kids at the door is done and the candy is (mostly) out of the house. I am now turning my attention to Thanksgiving.
I love this time of year! The season is changing (perhaps a little too fast with the early snow!) and I am starting to settle in for the colder, darker months, even if only in my heart since our schedule remains full. This is also the time when the anticipation begins for me of the holiday season – a time of family, friends, food, and fun. Sure, it brings a measure of stress with it, but the wonder and excitement override that.
This year, though, I don’t want November to be simply the runway for the holidays. I want to live intentionally this month, leading up to Thanksgiving, whose name encapsulates how I want to live – with thanks and giving.
So often, I race through life, rarely pausing long enough to notice the many blessings in my life, much less thank God, the One responsible for them. In the same way, I’m often too rushed or preoccupied with my own life to notice those around me, be they strangers or loved ones.
My goals this month are to find at least one thing each day to be thankful for, and to find a way of giving to someone, however small. For the latter, I’m joining the 30 Day Giving Challenge, a group of people encouraging each other to consciously give each day of November.