Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Give Thanks



Give thanks - it almost sounds like a command: give thanks, or else!
Or else what?

  • You won't recognize the blessing in the big and small things
  • You will be a sour puss because you feel life isn't fair
  • You may become self absorbed
  • You may become weighed down by your circumstances
  • You may say an unkind word
  • You may lose sight of what's really important
So...
If the turkey is taking forever to cook  - give thanks, you have a turkey.
If no one wants to help with the cooking - give thanks and do what you can
If the black sheep of the family comes over for dinner - give thanks for them, at least they're here; continue to pray for them
If you're home by yourself - give thanks for a roof over your head and invite another person over
If job searching is wearing you down - give thanks for life, hope and resilience
If you are missing a loved one - give thanks that you will be reunited in heaven; give thanks for life

So, in spite of everything that is going on in my life, right now and always I will cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

.....stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening ... 1 Chron 23:30
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High ... Psalm 92:1.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! ... 2 Cor 9:15.

Give thanks; its a choice.  Choose to be grateful. Will you?

1 comment:

  1. You are so right. I am battling general grumpiness and found that thankfulness had taken a hike, so I'm actively working on it. Thanks for putting it into such practical words.

    Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

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