this is a repost from 2013
My mind is swimming after scanning Pinterest today. There are so many resources out there for having the “perfect” Thanksgiving. While it is all so beautiful and creative, may we not lose focus on those special days, because we live in a supercharged world filled with so many distractions.
A few years back we studied the Pilgrims and even took a trip to Plymouth, MA. What stood out to me most about that time was that those people truly lived their faith. They truly risked it all. Imagine leaving your country with your family, small children maybe even, and sailing across the ocean to an unknown land. Imagine getting to that land and losing most of your friends that winter to disease and death. Imagine doing this all for your faith. Imagine doing it all for the outcome you would never see in your lifetime.
That’s faith. Faith isn’t talking about it, making cute crafts about it, writing about it even. Faith is LIVING IT.
Truer faith I do not know…
So this Thanksgiving, remember what it is truly about. Read about the Pilgrims. Discuss them with your children…their struggle, their perseverance, their faith. Then live it. We don’t need the best-dressed table, the best decorations, or the best “stuff.”
Our children will learn more from us in action. Seeing our own faith in action. Living it. They don’t care what the crafts were or the table looked like, but they will care that they were loved. They will learn more from a faith that is in action, than from a faith that is talked about.
So remember the Pilgrims. That first Thanksgiving had nothing to do with cute and beautiful stuff. What was celebrated was their God and His provision. They didn’t need a Pinterest board. They had enough. And because of them we are here today.
(note- I DO love Pinterest and it is surely fun and helpful at times, but may it not consume us…)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heavenly host;Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.