Tis the season to be THANKFUL!

Tis the season to be THANKFUL!

Here we go! Are you ready? It’s time! What time is it, you ask? It’s time for that stress-bringing, waist-building, exhaustion-growing season we affectionately refer to as “the holidays”.

Every year it happens, somehow, without our permission or even our knowledge, the holidays slip-in our front door consuming all of our free time and energy. Before we can say, “Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or whatever your greeting of choice may be, the stores and malls will be playing “Jingle Bells” at least a thousand times between now and December 25th. If you’re not careful, you’ll resist the spirit of the season. And there’s nothing worse than a jaded attitude during what is to be a time of thanksgiving, reflection and memory-making.

Here is my suggestion for how to deal with the inevitable year-end sprint. For the next four weeks, instead of worrying about who may or may not be coming to Thanksgiving dinner; whether or not grandma is going to make her famous pretzel salad or how to best cope with holiday traffic; why not spend the next four weeks reflecting on the memories of each season during this past year. As you do, I think you’ll find that the traffic, crowds and family headaches aren’t nearly so irritating and the music in the malls might actually make you smile!

Here is my list to help get you started.

  • Winter: Playing in the snow. Winter storms at the beach. Curling up with a good book or movie. Time with family. Snowcapped mountains in the distance. Hot chocolate. Football Games.
  • Spring: Rainy days mixed with sunshine. Spring baseball. A hug from a friend. A clean house with clean windows. A freshly cut lawn. A hike through the woods.
  • Summer: Long days and warm nights. Swimming. Mountain biking. Sunset over the ocean. Graduation. Vacations. BBQ.
  • Fall: Football season. Crisp mornings, turning leaves. Meeting new friends. Saturday markets. Weekend trips. Back-to-school events.

There you have it. Thoughts of thanksgiving that will chase away the stress and worry of the impending lead-up to another holiday season. Remember to be thankful for what you have right in front of you.

Doug Boyd is senior pastor for Parkside Fellowship located at 5755 SW Erickson Ave in Beaverton. Call (503) 646-4455 or find out more by visiting parksidefellowship.org