I understand why young people do it but why do adults hide their true feelings for each other? Are we that afraid of getting hurt? Well, probably but being afraid of getting hurt, won’t protect you from getting hurt.
I propose that this Thanksgiving we take a risk. Go a little deeper. Instead of sharing the things that you are thankful for, why not share the things about people that you are thankful for? If you are blessed enough to have people in your life that have become endeared to your heart, give them the gift of telling them so. I have been blessed with a couple of close friends and each of them complete parts of my friend puzzle. I have also been blessed by other friends that even though we are not intimately close, they are very meaningful to me. Each of these friends, are very different but bring wonderful qualities into my life. My life would not be the same without them. I have reflected on how these amazing people entered my life and have concluded that only God could organize this into happening and I am truly thankful that He has done this for me.
Maybe you have an encourager in your life. Maybe you have someone that you can trust with your deepest darkest struggles. Maybe you have someone that prays relentlessly for you. Maybe you have a friend that understands you like no one else. Maybe you have someone who always has your back. Maybe you have a friend that you can go for months without seeing and then when you are together, it is as if you were never apart.
Do you have people like this in your life? Maybe you are this kind of friend. Wouldn’t it be nice to let them know? Wouldn’t it be nice to hear how important you are to someone? Hiding or holding back our feelings for other human beings won’t keep us from getting hurt – it only keeps us from blessing and being blessed. Don’t worry about it – just tell them what they mean to you. You will be giving them a wonderful gift.
And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!