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A 7-Step Checklist for the Best Thanksgiving Ever

A 7 Step Checklist for the Best Thanksgiving Ever

Want a guaranteed better Thanksgiving? Perhaps even the best Thanksgiving ever?

I actually believe Thanksgiving may be one of the most “Christian” holidays we can celebrate. As believers, we are to give thanks always—in every situation. And, we have reason to be thankful. Our God is on His throne—Jesus is alive—and we are loved with an everlasting love.

That’s enough, right?

But, let’s face it—Thanksgiving is hard for some people. They’ve lost loved ones. They are lonely. Another day off watching everyone celebrate how wonderful their life is online only makes it harder.

Others are so caught up in having the perfect meal and the perfect table setting—the house decorated just right—they get distracted with busyness and end up disappointed rather than enjoying some of the greatest blessings around them.

And then there are those of us who simply take things for granted—and fail to stop and truly be thankful.

Here’s a checklist of activities, which will make your world look brighter and your holiday grander. I’m convinced. You may not be able to do all of them. I would encourage you to complete the ones you can.

Here’s a seven-step checklist for the best Thanksgiving ever:

Read Psalm 136. Slowly. Maybe even aloud. Maybe a couple times. Let the words dwell in you a while. Trust me.

Make a thankful list. I wrote about this in a previous POST, but one of the best ways to fill your heart with gratitude is to make a list of things for which you are thankful. When you reflect on the things you do have—rather than the things you don’t have—your heart grows in appreciation.

Spend time with family and friends. You may not be able to be with them in person—and that’s one of the harder parts of holidays for some—but even exchanging a text with someone you love can brighten your day. Reach out to some you haven’t heard from in a while. And if you’re mourning over someone special this year—spend some time remembering why they are special to you.

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Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.