5 Tips To Be The Most Thankful Person At The Dinner Table

One of my fondest memories of Thanksgiving was at the table. Every year, we would gather together, hold hands and my Grandpa Ryan would have us sing together the song Count Your Blessings.

The song goes like this:

“Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your blessings, see what God has done!

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your many blessings, see what God has done.”

Long after he has passed, I still remember the words to this song, but more importantly, the message is written deeply on my heart.

I know this life is busy. And distracting. And full of gloom. And many, many other things that keep us from staying focused on what is what is good. BUT We still have so many things to be thankful for each day, in each moment.

Very simply, a verse in Psalm explains our disposition in life “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds” (Ps. 9:1). God has done so much for us. We should live out our life in thankfulness to Him and in reaction to others.

Here’s 5 tips to be the most thankful person at the dinner table, and arguably the person that everyone wants to be around:

  1. Praise others. Compliment hair, dress, life accomplishments or really just whatever is important to that person that is around you at the moment. Make it about them!
  2. Praise God. Psalm 115:11, “Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” Giving praise to God is the highest praise that we can give. With every moment that we extend gratitude, we are humbling our self and giving credit to someone other than our self. It also inspires others to give God praise, too!
  3. Let your face explain how you feel. When you run out of things to say, let your face tell the story of your heart. A smile tells a wonderful story!
  4. Serve others. Offer mashed potatoes to the person next to you first. Pull the chair out for your spouse or girlfriend. Get refills for everyone. Offer to tend to the young child. Hand plates to everyone and get your food last. Help with clearing the table. Make sure your actions is about someone else.
  5. Celebrate the good RIGHT NOW. When the turkey is done, be the first one to shout, “HOORAY!” Offer high fives for help with clearing the table. Hug grandmas and little ones (Both love hugs!). Make every small thing a HUGE win.

Thanksgiving should not be a “one and done” type of event. We should be giving thanks moment by moment, daily. But let’s start with today. Who’s with me?



Joe Deckard

Assistant Pastor

Jack of All Trades. Texting Evangelist.Former Insurance Agent Manager.World Traveler.Husband of Best Wife Ever.Gratefully Rescued.

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