Seven Days of Thanks Giving

As Thanksgiving week begins, start every day by giving thanks at home and work, for family and friends at home, as well as for employees and customers at work. Here are seven days of suggestions: 

SundayGive thanks to God for His gift of people, places, things, and events. During this day of rest, thank Jesus for His job to die and rise again, paying for our sins. “And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’” (Matthew 26:27-28)

Monday – Mail Thanksgiving notes to everyone for whom you are thankful, including people at work, past, and present.  To make it easy, click for 7 days of free Thanksgiving E-Cards.

Tuesday – Think of close family, friends, neighbors, schoolmates, and workmates.  Consider how you love them.  Count the ways.  Send a small gift.  Do a small favor.  Share a kind word.

Wednesday – Pray and prepare for Thanksgiving Day.  If you have no plans, invite someone over for lunch or dinner.  Share thanks with one another.

Thursday – Perhaps just before Thanksgiving dinner, share with others Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation of 1863, which passed as an act of Congress and established Thanksgiving Day as a U.S. holiday:

“I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States …to set apart and observe a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens … announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord … It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.”

Friday – No doubt many of us will shop until we drop on Black Friday.  With every swipe of your card, mentally sky-gram our Father who art in heaven: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Saturday – Say “thanks” by giving back.  It’s a great way to show your thanksgiving by giving yourself to others and their needs. “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Tell me about your Thanks Giving.  For whom or what are you thankful to God?

Brian Ray has been writing, speaking and connecting people to Christ in the workplace for 45 years. Brian was one of three Co-Founders of Crossroads Career Services, Inc. See short video below about how it started. While continuing to volunteer and serve as a board member, he owns Primus Consulting that provides executive search advice, counsel and referrals to business, ministry and government organizations. Prior to his business and ministry work, he served the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain as VP for Human Resources and Administration. He has authored Christian resources including Mastery of Leadership, Crossroads Career Workbook, Real Success at Work, and New Job Jump Start. Brian and his wife Kristy live in the Charlotte, NC area.

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  1. First I want to thank God for his love and grace and for sending his son to teach us and then die and live again in us! God works in the midst of all our circumstances. a few years ago my family was struggling to make ends meet. We went to church and asked for some assistance. It was in that meeting I met a man that would change my life! He helped me figure out where I was in life and helped me to look at myself in a whole new way. Up to that point I was out of work for over 2 years and had really fell apart. When this man explained how God had a purpose and a plan for my life and how I could walk into that plan, my destiny had changed! Everyday I work now and think of where I was back in those days, I thank God for working in a man that had nothing to gain for himself but went and volunteered at our church and let God’s love pour into my circumstances. He not only taught me how God view’s our work but what posture we are to have in that job. It has changed my life! Thank you Lord for this man and what you did and are doing in his life!.

  2. From my Facebook post 🙂

    Sometimes we bite off more than we can chew….. Especially around the holidays 🙂
    This morning , as I deal with a minor affliction at urgent care, I am suddenly keenly aware of real suffering amidst the sounds of people crying …or moaning in pain while ambulances hustle to unload and announcements of “code blue” chime in the background . Remembering that this life is not “all about me”, and happy to offer up prayers to people I cannot see from my enclosure. And in spite of my circumstance I am sure to do my best to live every day like its Thanksgiving, because in reality, every day is:)

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