According to Nationwide Insurance…
- In 2011, 248 million turkeys were raised in the United States. That was more than 1 turkey for every 2 people.
- In 2010, 7 billion pounds of turkeys were raised. That’s about the weight of 10 Empire State Buildings!
- The average American will eat 13.3 pounds of turkey this year.
While lots of people will be focused on Turkey, annoying family members, distant relatives and football this Thanksgiving, here are a few ways you can be INTENTIONAL with THE GOSPEL…
- Invite people over on Thanksgiving Day – Too often we tend to be so busy with planning our own holidays that we forget the people who are here alone. We live in Northern VA, where there are tons of people who are here by themselves and are hundreds of miles from their closest friend or relatives. Before Thursday, think about your neighbors – Do they have someone to spend the day with? Think about people in your church or community group. What about a co-worker or college student? This is ESPECIALLY a great time to build bridges with the international community in NOVA. Most of them do not celebrate this American holiday but would love to take part and learn more about it. Also, don’t be that person that has a separate celebration on Tuesday or Wednesday for those people. They are good enough to be a part of your Thanksgiving! (Matthew 25:40)
- Actually LOVE your family – It has been said that we often treat those the worst whom we love the most. Family can be annoying and they may even be part of the reason you moved in the first place. However, they are the only part of your life that God chose FOR YOU! Be nice to them. Take interest in them. Listen to them. You know, actually care. (John 13:34-35)
- Take notice of those hurting during the holidays – Thanksgiving & Christmas are not easy for everyone. They bring up memories of loved ones lost during the year and unmet expectations in their lives. Minister to those people. Be a listening ear and point them to joy in Christ. (Romans 12:15)
- Skip half of the football game to make a memory – You only have to miss part of it. Before you settle down on the couch, look for ways you can make a memory. Play football in the backyard with the kids, bring a board game to play, help wash the dishes with family, etc. Life change happens in relationships and relationships aren’t formed when you’re asleep. (Hebrews 13:16)
- Take advantage of open doors to talk about Christ – This is not permission to discuss Fox News at the dinner table or attack your atheist uncle while he is stuffing his face with potatoes. But, when doors are open, walk through them. Mention the name of Jesus. (I Peter 3:15)
- Celebrate God’s faithfulness publicly – Have everyone go around and share what they are thankful for. Read a scripture that talks about the faithfulness of The Lord. Make a list of all the ways you’ve seen God be faithful and share it as encouragement. Actually talk about it. (Hebrews 10:23)
- Look for area charities who may need a helping hand – Give up your comfort and time for those who are less fortunate. (Luke 12:48, Mark 9:35)
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