The Joy of Thanksgiving Dinner

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When I think of Thanksgiving, food, a vacation from work or school are the first things that come to mind. A table covered with food, turkey, macaroni and cheese, green beans, collard greens, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top, dinner rolls, dressing, gravy, and the list goes on. Days are spent preparing the meal. However, the meal can not complete without a multitude of desserts: a variety of pies, cakes and other wonderful sweet creations. After consuming this delicious, rich food, most of us just want to sit in front of the TV and curl up for a nap. Tomorrow we will feast again on the leftovers and next week we will worry about the weight we gained.

At my house, the popular dishes go quickly in which everyone wants to make sure they get their share of those dishes by eating more now since there will be none later. How can we successfully survive the Thanksgiving feast? While there is nothing wrong with occasionally eating these foods, we all need to exercise self-control with our food portion sizes as well as our food choices. The use of self-control when smelling the food cooking all day can only come from God. Galatians 5:22-23 says “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” One option to survive the holiday is to bring a container and fill it with food for another day and enjoy a regular size portion for dinner and dessert today!

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