I realize ‘the way of doing things’ changes with the passing of years. Oftentimes, change is for the best.
Likewise, some things are best left unchanged. For my family, the Christian traditions (customs, beliefs, and behavior) we’ve been taught to observe on Thanksgiving Day is one of those things best left unchanged. While I believe in taking advantage of sales so that I can get the best deal possible … I believe even more so in honoring God on Thanksgiving Day.
Am I saying that it is wrong to go shopping on Thanksgiving Day? Absolutely not! However, we must be careful to guard our hearts or else we might think of Thanksgiving Day as the new Black Friday. Certainly that’s what retailers are striving for.
Shop if you like, but first spend some time with God. Thank God for His faithfulness, His goodness, His provision…for what He’s done and is continuing to do in your life. If you have children, teach them the importance of offering praise and thanksgiving to God. Teach them that God is real and alive. And that He loves them. Perhaps you weren’t taught Christian Thanksgiving traditions. No problem. Start your own. Go ahead…don’t hold back. Honor God with your praise, your thanksgiving, your love, your life. Done in your unique way.
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, His love endures forever.—1 Chronicles 16:34
I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.—Psalm 7:17
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.—Psalm 95:1-6 (KJV)