What happened to Thanksgiving?

What happened to Thanksgiving?
In the effort to usher in sales and stimulate the economy, stores around the country are stocking shelves with Christmas lights and ornaments for the tree. What’s odd is that these shelves are sitting right next to the fake tombstones, plastic skulls and costumes for Halloween! I can’t help but feel bad for the month of November. The Thanksgiving holiday is starting to feel like the redheaded step child of holidays. I don’t think there’s a conspiracy to fade out Thanksgiving, but I do believe that brings to light a bigger issue.

Seasons come and go but they each have something to offer. The chill of the Winter gets people closer and allows families to enjoy time together indoors. The Spring gives us a reason to get outdoors, plant gardens and new flower beds. The Summer lets us enjoy the beach and fun in the sun with friends while the Fall always amazes me as the leaves change colors.

Even our lives go through seasons. Some can be amazing and some can test our faith. Ecclesiastes chapter 3 starts by saying…

For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.

With life moving so fast, we can forget to enjoy the season that we’re in. Our eyes can be so fixed on “what’s next” that we miss the season God has given us. Verse 11 reminds us…

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

Even when life can get overwhelming, God is using this season to mold and shape our life with a purpose. This is something that Paul understood when he wrote in Colossians chapter one “Now I rejoice in my suffering for your sake”. He understood that it was for a time that he would have to deal with pursecution because of his choice to share the message of Christ.

We shouldn’t be so eager to move onto the next season, especially if we haven’t learned what God was teaching in the season we’re currently in. Cherish the moment you’re living in. Enjoy the relationships that are being built today. Let’s celebrate each season of life knowing that God has something great to show us.

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    • Ryan Gutowski
    • Husband, Dad, artist and lover of the hot wing. Ryan and his wife Erin founded Collision in 2008 as a ministry for twentysomethings who felt left behind by the church. You can reach him at ryan@collisioncm.com

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