It’s that time of year again. The turkey is cooked all day, the potatoes get mashed to perfection, the carrots are delicious. We sit around the table with family and friends, eating and celebrating how thankful we are.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year. Everyone seems to be a bit nicer, a bit happier, and a lot more thankful. People start to realize everything they have in their life and are grateful. As the year comes to a close, people reflect on everything that helped them make it twelve months longer. But why do people choose to be extra thankful around Thanksgiving when they could be like that all year?
It’s hard to be thankful year-round. If you’re like me, you are so accustomed to certain things in your life that you overlook them and take them for granted. Take school, for example. Some people dread going to school, me included, and they take it for granted. They go each day, don’t do their homework, sleep in class and ignore the teacher. I know how it goes because I’ve been there. We aren’t perfect. But maybe instead of thinking about the next episode of Grey’s Anatomy or thinking about what you’ll eat after school, focus on learning as much as you can through the blessing of being able to get an education five days a week.
President Monson said, “My brothers and sisters, do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love.”
Heavenly Father has given us so much. He has given us our bodies, our hearts, our families. He’s given us our personality, our home and our agency. He gave us His Only Begotten Son and the prophets to help guide our journey through life. Heavenly Father has given us this world, the flowers, the birds, the rain, everything. Without Him we have nothing.
In Doctrine and Covenants chapter 59 verse 7 we read, “Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things.” Pray daily and thank Heavenly Father and Jesus for everything you have. Thank Them for your family, your friends, your clothes, your money, your house. Thank Them for everything you can think of. Thank Them for your testimony, even if it isn’t strong. Thank Them for Their goodness and Their grace. Thank Them for anything and everything.
Don’t forget how blessed you are. Don’t forget everything that you have. President Monson said, “Regardless of our circumstances, each of us has much for which to be grateful if we will but pause and contemplate our blessings. This is a wonderful time to be on earth. While there is much that is wrong in the world today, there are many things that are right and good. There are marriages that make it, parents who love their children and sacrifice for them, friends who care about us and help us, teachers who teach. Our lives are blessed in countless ways.”
I plead with you all to remember your blessings and to thank God daily for what you have. While Thanksgiving is an amazing time of year, don’t just be thankful the fourth Thursday in November. Be thankful the third Thursday in June and the first Thursday in August. Be thankful all year-long!