108 – 3 Essay Winners Share: What Thanksgiving Means to Me


I stumbled upon something special.

As we approach Thanksgiving this week, three heartwarming winning essays from 12-year-old Tatiana, 18-year-old Tracy, and Dale, father of a beautiful family, all share their unique perspectives on what Thanksgiving means to them. I believe these essays will warm your heart, put a smile on your face, and inspire gratitude and thankfulnesas as you approach this season of giving thanks!

In this episode, John discusses:

  • The joy and humor of Thanksgiving gatherings
  • The power of gratitude in everyday life
  • Thanksgiving beyond feasting
  • Finding joy in the midst of challenges

Key Takeaways:

  • 12-year old Tatiana – Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on kindness, expressing gratitude, and embracing the lessons learned from family, friends, and even strangers.
  • Tracy, an 18-year-old, shares a perspective on Thanksgiving that goes beyond a family feast, emphasizing the importance of sharing blessings with the less fortunate, keeping ancestral memories alive, and continuing the tradition of gratitude across generations.
  • Dale, illuminates Thanksgiving as a celebration of the profound gift of family, including their special-needs child, and we are reminded of the true riches in life—love, laughter, and the joy derived from sharing blessings with others, fostering a sense of gratitude even in the face of challenges.
  • May you feel the love of God, family and friends this Thanksgiving!

“I started to write a podcast episode about thankfulness and gratitude this time of year that we could apply to wise and faithful financial stewardship. I came across these three essays absolutely by chance, but they captured everything that I wanted to say and multiples more. I pray it was a blessing to you.”

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