Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. Ecclesiastes 9:7 NIV
Thirty people are coming. My brother is coming a day early. My sister-in-law is staying a day late. My parents are too elderly to drive. I've got to cook it all. Oh, and my favorite cousins are coming and staying at a hotel - there's a reason they are my favorites.
Does that sound anything like your inner voice today? This week we celebrate our national holiday of Thanksgiving. A time of giving thanks to God for the blessings in our life. What I hear over-and-over from people is the stress of the holiday and not the joy.
For years I stressed over hosting events at my house. Would the table be set on time? I don't have enough matching glasses? Will my husband or child eat what is being served? Years ago I realized that I've yet to attend or host a perfect event. Working myself up for the event does nothing but make me stress, worry, and be unpleasant to those around me.
I had a Thanksgiving turning point almost two decades ago. I hosted my first Thanksgiving on the wrong day of the week. This, my friends, is the trick to a relaxing, imperfect, joyful Thanksgiving. It was going to be a small event with another couple that already had plans for Thanksgiving day. I took the relaxing Thursday to prepare the meal and Friday became our day of celebration. I was separated from my family by 600 miles that year. As we got ready to say grace, my back door opened and in walked my parents, sister, brother-in-law, and niece. I had a choice between freaking out because my table wasn't big enough or rejoicing because the people I loved most were all together.
Pick rejoicing. It's always the right choice.
Would you like to embrace celebrating an imperfect Christmas for the perfect Christ? Join the women of First Baptist Grapevine and speaker Allison Allen on December 3 at 1 pm. Allison Allen is an actor and Bible teacher that was on tour with Women of Faith.
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Write down 3 things you are thankful for today.
Dear God, thank you for our imperfections. We are each uniquely created in your image. Give us patience to "roll with it" during Thanksgiving and every other day of the week. Amen.
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