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Thankful for the Dysfunction

November 13, 2018

Psalm 100:4-5Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise.  Give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the LORD is good.  His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.


As I write this, we are only 10 days from Thanksgiving.  In our family, Thanksgiving is the day where dysfunction is supreme.  It’s actually very hilarious.  We have 9 family members come over to our house for dinner.  9 people with 9 very different personalities.  One will talk football (well, two of us will talk football), a couple gals talk shopping the next day, someone else will speak of something that really nobody else would understand or know anything about (and how they do it’s anyone’s guess), some will want to have deep personal conversations at the table, while others look bothered by it and try to avoid it at all costs.  One will end up laughing at the misery and uneasiness of the dinner and will not be able to stop and one will sleep through the whole thing!  


As the family starts to arrive, just about every year, my wife will find me outside, falsely accusing me of avoiding everyone – but that is simply not true, it takes a long time to fry the turkey, and the fact that I simply forgot to start it until everyone started to arrive is purely coincidental!


Lots of prayer goes up the morning/afternoon before that first doorbell rings.  But, it’s family, and what is family without a few “patience practice” moments?


With all that though, I am thankful for each and every one of them.  They have all blessed me, blessed my family, and I know if I needed them, I could count on them, and they could count on me.


I hope you are taking the challenge of writing down each day “5 things I am thankful to God for today” in a journal, then giving God a 1-minute praise for each item.


When you focus on what you are thankful for, you become more content and aware of the blessings God has given you.  Shifting our focus on what God has blessed us with will make us more grateful, and our life will show our praise.


Philippians 4:8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.


Let our thoughts, actions and attitudes reflect the goodness of God.  Let us focus and think about the blessings God has given us. 


It's a great time of year to thank God for the blessings and people in our life, even for those blessings you have (get) to eat with on Thanksgiving! 

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