Thanksgiving focuses on the family. The family is everything to the children born and raised within its embrace. Thanksgiving is a time we share with our friends and families our gratitude for one another. Many families are struggling right now. They’re exhausted, fighting with each other, and this conflict affects the children’s emotional and physical wellbeing within the home.
The greatest lesson we can model for our children is our heart’s capacity to give. Not money, not stuff, but more transparently, our heart. When you give from your heart, you’re giving from an unlimited source. It’s the source that prevents divorce, family estrangement, and conflict.
Giving from your heart demands emotional maturity. You cannot give from your heart if you’re trapped within the confines of who’s right or wrong. To give from your heart means you can accept that your partner feels differently than you, disagrees with you, and rather than argue or fight with them to defend your position, you talk about it and understand that it’s okay to have differences. You can still love someone who is different than you and thinks differently than you. It means you rise above what you expect or think and love even though you don’t understand.
Giving from your heart is knowing you can never fully know nor does it matter. What matters is that you love your family more than you love your own way, and that is a very honorable position to be in on this Thanksgiving Day! God bless you and keep you well.