Turkey… check. Dressing… check. Macy’s parade… check. Family… check. Seems like the process of a typical Thanksgiving. But for many, in the middle of all the giving thanks of Thanksgiving, this season kicks off just the opposite. It’s what I like to call the big 3.

1. Financial Pressure
Now days many people skip right past Thanksgiving to begin Black Friday and grab all of the Christmas shopping deals. While Thanksgiving should be a day of being thankful, it can become a reminder of how much money (that we don’t have) that we are about to spend.

2. Emotional Pressure
This season can be painful as it reminds us of the loss in our lives, or the things that we do not have. We often look back on holidays past and wish we could go back to the “good ol days.”

3. Relational Pressure
Remember last years family gatherings that were more like a Jerry Springer episode than Leave it to Beaver. The family member that says, “are you ever going to get married?” Or, “haven’t you found a job yet.” You may run from family problems all year only to face them at the holidays.

So how do you have a Thanksgiving? Here are 3 ways:

1. Be Content (Don’t worry about what you don’t have)
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12

2. Be Thankful (Be truly thankful for what you have)
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in
Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

3. Be Generous (Put your focus on others instead of yourself)
Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. Isaiah 58:10 NLT

So what would you add to this Thanksgiving list?

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