Jo’s Journal: Renewing Your Perspective on Thanksgiving

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Renewing Your Perspective on Thanksgiving

by Joanne Troppello


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, aside from Christmas. I love how many people come together on this day to spend time with family and friends and share what they are thankful for—while eating a delicious meal together. However, is that enough, just enjoying the meal and not living a life of thanksgiving?


I’ve seen many people sharing on social media this month what they are thankful for. I wanted to do that this November, like I did last year, but I got busy with work and never started on November 1st.


All of those posts about being thankful have made me take stock of my own life and how blessed I feel. I don’t have everything I want, but I have everything I need.

This time of giving thanks—that sometimes happens all month long in November—reminded me of a sermon series our pastor did based on the principles taught in the book, The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn.

That sermon series, in conjunction with reading the book, helped me to circle back to the meaning of true contentment and living a life of thanksgiving and giving to others.


The author, Randy Alcorn defined the “Treasure Principle” as “You can’t take it with you – but you can send it on ahead.” Reading about that principle and hearing it preached in the sermon series, gave me great food for thought. My husband and I have reevaluated our own giving habits and how we help or don’t help others in need.

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Will this Thanksgiving Day be a day of reflection for you? It definitely will be one for me. I know I need to get back to the basics of finding true contentment as God leads my life one day at a time.

Give an encouraging word to someone. Smile at people you pass in the crowd. We are all so busy and running around with daily responsibilities. Sometimes it can seem hard to find something we are thankful for.


Consider starting a thankfulness journal. I had one of these a few year ago. I made myself write down three things I was thankful for each day—even when it was hard to find something to be thankful for.


There are so many things we can do to make this world a better place. Let’s make our lives into offerings of a lifetime of giving.

About the Author


Joanne Troppello Publisher of Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.


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