Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. Many people today look at Thanksgiving simply as the Thursday before Black Friday--the biggest Christmas shopping day of the year. But some of the earliest observances of Thanksgiving in America date back around 400 years. If you remember our history, the Thanksgiving tradition we celebrate in this nation is the observance of the Thanksgiving of 1621.

In addition to our national holiday, it has been my Thanksgiving tradition to thank God for what He has done through and for me throughout the year. Each year, I spend time reflecting on how thankful I am to have had opportunities to advance His kingdom on earth.

A friend encouraged me several years ago, to start a new Thanksgiving tradition. He shared the blessing he received by calling or texting the special people he was particularly thankful for that year. So many times, people give of themselves to others but are not appreciated for what they have done. I want to be one of those people who is genuinely thankful for the people in my life.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians: "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you." (Phil. 1:3 NKJV) Following the example set by Paul and by my friend, I hope you will consider starting a tradition of taking time to thank the significant people in your life each year.

Happy Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for each of you.

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