Thankfulness comes in all shapes and sizes. Some people are thankful for every little thing that comes down the line and others need a miracle of epic proportions in order to find thankfulness for things. But thankfulness has much to do with the circumstances that are surrounding your life.

Think for a moment. If you have just lost a loved one, it would seem trivial and unimportant for someone to purchase an expensive gift because at that moment, you realize how very important life is and how unimportant things are. So as we welcome Thanksgiving into our homes tomorrow, let’s be thankful for the things that matter the most — the people.

Items come and go, but connections with people should last. And as the Bible says, “To have friends, you must show yourself friendly.” So as you start your holiday cooking and your cleaning for the family and friends who will be attending your get-together, think about what really matters. It’s not the dryness of the turkey or that the whipped topping works perfectly with the pumpkin pie that you just pulled out of the refrigerator. No, it’s about those people. It’s about the people who influence your life throughout the year.

Start with your spouse, if you have one. Look at the things to be thankful for in them. Just for one day, determine not to nag or degrade them for the things that they lack. Instead, build them up on Thanksgiving and be thankful that you have them in your life.

Then look at your children. For me, my baby girls are the lights of my life. When others have faded in and out, my girls are the constant. They need me and I need them, and through this relationship I can truly say that I am blessed beyond measure to have children whom I have been given the privilege to raise in a Godly home. And that’s a responsibility that is worthy of thankfulness.

Parents and grandparents would be another highlight of thankfulness. Whether they are here or if they have gone on, be thankful for the times that you have had with them. Your parents aren’t limited to just the people who gave birth to you — many people fill parenting roles in the lives of people who aren’t their children. For all of the “parents” out there who have taken a person under their wings, thank you.

I know that our family rarely gets together without someone who isn’t actually kin to us being in the mix. This year will be no different. We’ll have a few friends who are tight as thieves with our family and that just proves that it’s not about the blood line, it’s about life choices. You choose who is going to be important in your life and some people choose family, some people choose friends.

I hope that most people have a good assortment of both in their lives. I have been blessed to have family who will never leave, and to have friends who are there with me through everything. These are the people we should be thankful for this season. The ones who know you for who you really are, and love you still. If you give unconditional love, it’s much easier to receive it.

So as you gather around the table with the ones that you love, look around that table into the eyes of the ones who helped shape you into the person you are today. Thank God for His blessings of family, friends and for giving you the life that you are living. God has truly been good to us this year, so we need to give Him all of the credit for the good in our lives.

So, what are you thankful for?

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