Hi everybody – I know this article is releasing a month before the Holiday but I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for following along and wish each one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.
My other thought was that this could be a good chance to get warmed up for the big game, so to speak. That maybe if we start exercising our gratitude early, big things could happen on the big day.
You see, I believe that being thankful for the things that we do have is one of the keys to success and happiness in life. I don’t know about you but there was a time when all I could think about was the things that I didn’t have.
Now I don’t know how that makes you feel, but I found that always wanting something that I didn’t or couldn’t have at the time put me in a pretty grumpy mood.
If you remember a few issues ago we reviewed the 23rd Psalm which so famously starts out: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
Let’s see what else the Bible says about being thankful:
1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)
Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 4:2 (NIRV)
Spend a lot of time in prayer. Always be watchful and thankful.
Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
As you can see above the Lord makes us many promises if we are thankful. I know sometimes situations can occur that make it seem hard to feel this way but I bet if you stop and think about it you’ll be able to find something good in most circumstances.
Even if it’s hard to find the good, isn’t always better to feel good about whats happened. I’d ask you to trust in God and wake each day and tell him what your thankful for.
A good little exercise that works well for me is every morning when I wake I say out loud just five things that I’m thankful for. Go ahead, give it a try, you certainly don’t need to wait for Thanksgiving to get started.
I know since I’ve started this habit it has made a positive impact in my life as I hope it will in yours.
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