Thanksgiving is a holiday about food, family, and football for many around the country, but what can it mean to Christians? How can Christians observe Thanksgiving in a way that glorifies God and helps us become better people? Thanksgiving has a much deeper meaning to faith than most Christians realize.
We’ve all heard the saying, “Actions speak louder than words,” and no other time is this more prevalent than the Thanksgiving season for Christians. It is a wonderful time of year when you and your family or church can unite to put faith into action. Many Christians may wonder, however, how we can keep our celebrations grounded in Christ. Well, seek, and ye shall find!
Something only the most disciplined Christians typically attempt, fasting is easier said than done once you get a whiff of that Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. Fasting doesn’t always need to be about food, however. Instead, try fasting from something you usually take for granted, such as Netflix, social media, or weekends out with friends. Instead, take that time and spend it in prayer and scripture study. This will allow you to reconnect with God and appreciate the blessings He bestows upon us in a whole new light.
For those blessed with a surplus of material goods, Thanksgiving could be the perfect time to put faith into action by donating what we have to those less fortunate. Things such as food, clothing, and toys may be a small part of your life but a massive blessing to those in need this season.
Helping those less fortunate is a theme repeated throughout the Christian faith. Serving at a local shelter or soup kitchen can be a fantastic way to put faith into action. This is an ultimate lesson in faith, especially for your children or youth in the family. Helping others helps us by being more appreciative of the blessings we enjoy.
Be an Example
The best way to show the Christian message of the holiday season is to be a living example of the Christian faith. Even with a limited audience like your family, Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to let the light of God shine through you and onto others.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people. 1 Timothy 2:1