30 Days of Thanks #22- A Lack of Hunger
Throughout the month of November I am writing about the first thing for which I am consciously thankful each day. I am doing this simply as a way to be more intentionally grateful. For more on this project, check out the first one or even last year’s 30 Days of Thanks.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is making yourself miserable all morning by not eating only to make yourself miserable all afternoon by eating too much. That’s what my family always does. We eat the big meal together around 3:00 each year and everyone looks offended if you even imply that you’re going to eat something before then.
Now that I’m an adult and have a drivers license and my own money and the freedom to leave the house whenever I want (or whenever my wife lets me), I usually make a trip to some fast food restaurant for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. Today, Sammie and I made a trip to McDonald’s for a breakfast burrito…just like the Indians and Pilgrims ate. And I’m pretty sure that sausage, egg, cheese, potatoes, and salsa wrapped in a tortilla won’t hurt my enjoyment of the afternoon meal at all. That’s the thing about appetites–there’s always another one a few hours away that is coming to take the place of the one I just ruined.
Sure, I get grouchy if I haven’t eaten in a while. Sure, I used the word “miserable” earlier. Sure, I’ll wish I had worn sweat pants by the time the meal is over this afternoon. But before that I’m going to spend a few minutes thanking God for how good I have it.
Today, November 22, I am thankful that I have never known true hunger.