Nov 18, 2008

Overstuff your Thanksgiving in a different way

by Bridgett Scales

Every college student gets excited for Thanksgiving, whether it is because of the extended break or the excuse to stuff your belly on that one day when no one can stop you. Although those can be exciting reasons all by themselves, take away all the scrumptious food, the big family celebration, the reunion of childhood friends and instead focus on the word “thanks.”
To many people Thanksgiving is merely a time to come together and eat, but this Thanksgiving try getting overstuffed on gratitude. There are several ways that you can come together not to only join in a Thanksgiving dinner, but also display thanks to God.

Think about where you were around this exact time last November. Perhaps you were sick, or all alone and away from your family. Or perhaps, you were with family, but someone in your family was sick or missing. Remember and be thankful for where you are in life and where you could have been, if you had taken a different path.

There are thousands of people that do not have the luxury of a warm house, a hot meal or even a family. Reaching out to someone that does not have what you have is a great way to show you are thankful. Consider that 40 to 50 percent of the food that Americans prepare for Thanksgiving never gets eaten, according to a study conducted by the University of Arizona in Tuscan. It should not be difficult at all to share a few meals from Thanksgiving dinner.

Now that you have overstuffed yourself in a different way this Thanksgiving, rejoice. Be glad that God has enabled you to give back to others. Rejoice to the fact that God is inspiring other people to do the same things you did this Thanksgiving.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.
His love endures forever.”
— 1 Chronicles 16:34


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