Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Being Thankful

Being Thankful

Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Being thankful is not and sholud not be just for one week or one day a year at Thanksgiving.  Now having a holiday to celerate "Thanksgiving" is a great idea and tradition, but being thankful is really more of an attitude or lifestyle.

People who have a thankful attitude and are thankful on a daily basis as part of their daily lives are less negative and more positive.  They're more optimistic and less pessimistic. They're more content and less complaining people.  They're practice great good instead of griping about everything.  Thankful people have a tendency to be peacemakers and get along with people as opposed to always "having drama" or not getting along with others.   They're more accepting of people and open-minded to change, instead of being a gossip, or trouble-maker, or always making issues about something they don't agree with.

Most of all being thankful is having a heart for God and an attitude that shows Him glory.  When we are thankful and appreciative of WHO God is and WHAT He as done for us, it seems to make other areas of our lives make more sense and give us more thankful attitude.

God wants us to be thankful. He wants us to appreciate Him, our blessings, our gifts, and our relationships.  We are blessed people.  Whether poor or rich, popular or unknown by the world's standards, we are rich in God's love and popular because the creator of this world knows us by name.

Start looking around your lives.  Don't focus on what you don't have, take inventory of what you do have.   Don't focus on how your life would be different if circumstances would change, focus on how your circumstances might change if you  were different? 

We all have bad days, we don't always agree with others, changes, or have control of things that happen in our lives, but no matter our circumstances, problems, even tragedies,  God is still God and is in control.  Even at facing anger, hurt, pain, suffering, and death we have so much to be thankful for.

When you have a thankful heart and attitude you can't help but have joy, and want to share it with others.  Take time to Thank God everyday for everything.  Ask Him to give you a thankful heart and attitude if you struggle with being thankful. 

Also, take time to show others your thankful..  Thank those who care for you, provide for you, who are a blessing to you, or who you appreciate in your lives.  Spouses, childern, parents, employers, friends, those you date, teachers, pastors, even those who wait on you at a restaurant or check-out at the store.  Being thankful is contagious, pass it on and pay it forward.

Be Thankful!

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