Ahhhhhhh—Thanksgiving. It reminds me of a simpler time.
I love Thanksgiving because it’s the one time of year that beckons us home, but without the pressure and expectations of gifts.
The memories without the mayhem, if you will.
I tell my children of my love for Thanksgiving and they remind me that they love mealtime at our house. Not just the fancy meals, either. Their appreciation comes from a certainty that at the end of the day, we’re together. Candles lit. Music playing.
We live in a culture that has largely forgotten the power of a shared meal. There is something missing when we rush from one hurried day to the next. We think we’re saving time to rush through the drive-thru again. But really, we’re not saving anything. Days turn to weeks. Weeks to months. Months to years.
Where we spend our time is a window into our hearts: it’s an indicator of where our hearts are.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
For me, Thanksgiving is a reminder of how fast my life is going by. Each holiday that passes I know I am another year closer to a quiet house. Mealtimes are markers for me. I think just last year, I had a babe inside me and a preschooler vying for my attention as I muddled my way through learning how to use my slow cooker. Mmmmm. No, that was not last year. That was nearly twenty years ago. Can we really s l o w d o w n?
Time is passing. That’s probably the real message my heart receives as I plan Thanksgiving dinner. Again.
I ask myself, “Where are your priorities? What is truly precious in this life?”
And in my heart, I know the answer. The best memories we share will never be found in the drive-thru of life.
The best memories are more of a “sit down” affair. An affair of the heart. An investment. An open-door, company-for-dinner, home cooked investment.
Doesn’t have to be perfect. Mac-n-cheese at the table is just as beautiful to your children as filet mignon It’s not about the food. It’s about the priority.
If you’re looking for a place to start making an investment into the heart of your family, the dinner table is a very, very good place to start.