Celebrating the Spring Holidays

5 Things Every Man Should Do on THANKSGIVING!

5 Things Every Man Should Do on THANKSGIVING!


Is there anything more manly in life
than celebrating Thanksgiving? Think about it. It’s a day characterized by
overeating, watching football, and taking naps. Sounds like a holiday made for men, doesn’t it? (ding dong) Except for the part about the relatives coming over. Is that what you’re going to wear? Can’t you at least put on a nice t-shirt? Yes dear. Hey guys, Robbie Sondag here with a little Godly
advice for living a more meaningful life. Well, let me start off by wishing each
one of you a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m grateful for a lot of things in life, not
the least of which is the many of you who regularly watch this channel and
leave such affirming comments. And if you’re not yet part of the group, but
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know there’s a famous passage in 1 Corinthians 13:11 that says, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” And Thanksgiving is a great time to put that verse into action. I’m not saying you can’t enjoy yourself, but I do
want to get real practical and share five things that every man should do on
Thanksgiving. Are you ready? Let’s get to it. Number one – Carve the turkey. Most traditional images of Thanksgiving
dinner have dad standing at the head of the table, holding carving knives as he
gets ready to cut into the cooked bird. And while this makes a great Norman
Rockwell moment, it doesn’t always play out that way, does it? In fact, sometimes the turkey is sliced during meal prep while it’s still in the
kitchen. Or perhaps you’re not the patriarch of the family and it’s not your place to carve the turkey. Well if that’s the
case you get a free pass on this one. But make no mistake about it, carving the
turkey is a pretty manly thing to do. In fact, I’m guessing it’s probably the
first thing that popped into your head when you read the title of this episode.
Am i right? I know I’m right. Number two – Express
thankfulness. We take a lot for granted in life, and Thanksgiving is the perfect
time to share what we’re thankful for. Guys, don’t wait for the women to start this thing. Whether that means proposing a toast, or
remembering a loved one, or just going around the table and sharing what you’re
thankful for, take the lead and make this thing happen. Don’t just chow down and head for the couch. Make this a special meal. Number three – Pray. Whether you’re a family that prays over meals or not, this is one meal
where you want to make that happen. And even if public prayer is not your strong suit, just muster up the courage and do it. If
you’re not sure what to say, Google Thanksgiving prayers, print one out, and
read it. You’re not giving a speech, for Pete’s sake. Now if someone else has the role of praying, why not share a verse or two? Like Psalm
118:1. “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His love endures forever.” Or Philippians 4:6. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
with prayer and petition, present your requests to God.” If you want to, you could print out a verse for everybody at the table, have everyone go around and read
their verse, and that would really set the tone for a great Thanksgiving meal. Number four – Tell a few jokes, especially if you’re a dad. Dad jokes are kind of
expected and they really get the ball rolling for some laughter. The cornier,
the better. In fact, I’ll give you a few just to get you started. What kind of music
did the pilgrims listen to? Plymouth rock. What do jazzy people put on their
potatoes at Thanksgiving? Groovy. What did the turkey say to the turkey hunter? Quack quack. If the first pilgrims were alive today,
what would they be known for? Their age, of course. Duh. And finally, how do you
keep a turkey in suspense? Don’t worry, I’ll tell you at Christmas. My family
says they get kind of tired of all these Thanksgiving jokes, and I always tell
them the same thing. “I’d stop, but it’s really hard to quit – cold turkey, that is.”
And number five – Do the dishes. Some women plan and work on this meal
for days or even weeks in advance. It’s a big deal. And perhaps you’re part of that
planning and preparing, as well. Even so, what a great opportunity to honor our
women by clearing the table and doing the dishes. If for no other reason, it’s
the right thing to do. Guys, be a hero and finish the deal. And don’t worry, even if
you do all five of those things, you’ll still have plenty of time to overeat,
catch the game, and take that nap. So yes there is something more manly in
life than celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s stepping up your game to honor your
family in a proactive way. You may want to go the extra mile and wear something
nice to dinner. There. That’s better.


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