This is the last Thanksgiving with Friends. Monica and Chandler don’t want to host it, but Phoebe convinces Monica to beat herself at last year’s meal. Monica takes the challenge. Only, Rachel and Phoebe run off to a pageant with Emma, and Ross and Joey head to a hockey game. They are an hour late to dinner, and after getting his head stuck in the door, Joey ends up knocking all the food to the floor. Monica is furious until…

Chandler: Look! Look! Look what the Look what the floating heads did!

Monica: I don’t care.

Chandler: What’s going on?

Monica: That was the adoption agency.

Chandler: And?

Monica: We’re getting a baby!

Chandler: Are you serious?!

Monica: There’s a pregnant woman in Ohio, and she picked us.

Friends: Oh, my God, that’s great! – That’s incredible. I’m so happy for you.

Monica: This Thanksgiving kicks last Thanksgiving’s ass!

Monica beat last Thanksgiving not because she dished up a better meal, but because she found something to be truly thankful for — a child. She gained perspective. A ruined meal didn’t matter anymore because she and Chandler were going to be parents.


Sometimes we get bogged down with all the little concerns around us, letting them be bigger than they actually are. But if we do what Christ taught us, at least in my experience, our perspective shifts back into order.

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. ~ Matthew 6:31-33 NLT

When things get too hectic and my Monica-vein feels like it’s about to pop, I try to remember to just look up. That usually helps put whatever’s bugging me back into perspective and reminds me of all I have to be thankful for.