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I Choose To Be Thank-FULL

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Here it is, the day before Thanksgiving, and I just realized how unthankful I’ve been. 

No, you won’t hear me grumbling about non important things; I mean, how would that sound? But I have definitely been less than thankful.

Most definitely.

It dawned on me yesterday afternoon, actually. I ran into a former coworker and he asked me what I had been up to. I hadn’t seen him for a number of years, so I brought him up to speed rather quickly.

But in doing so, I included the reason why I was no longer working for the same company. Oh, I could have simply told him I had retired, but I felt the need to tell him why. After all, it made for a better story.

And besides, the more I tell it the more I justify my feelings; the better I look in my eyes. 

But the Lord convicted me of how unthankful I had become.

Yes, I was wronged. I shouldn’t have been treated like I was. It was awful to lose a great paying job, and have to retire so young.

But the Lord still wants me to be thank-FULL. Full of thanks. Without any room in my heart for complaints or grudges.

What do I have to be thankful for, even in the situation I was “forced” into?

First of all, the level of stress I was experiencing immediately dropped to almost nothing. I can be thankful for a stress free life.

Second, I discovered a passion and calling to write. And with ten books published, I’m just beginning to develop my skills as a writer.

And the ideas keep coming.

Third, my schedule is so much more flexible. No longer must I submit a request to take time off, and hope someone with more seniority doesn’t want off the same day.

Of course I am thankful for my Savior, my wife and family, my church and my friends.

But if I am harboring ugly feelings toward someone, or about a situation wherein I was wronged, I cannot be thank-FULL.

So I’ve made up my mind. I don’t have to explain to anyone else about how badly I was treated. Nor do I have to beg for another’s consolation or pity.

No, I choose to be thank-full.

I have a wonderful life to live, and I’m going to do just that!

How full of thanks are you?

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15 ESV)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m sitting here, kicked back on my couch, wondering how the phrase “Happy Thanksgiving” ever got started. Do you know?

And why is it “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Christmas”? Any ideas? Oh, well.

But what kind of a world would there be if people quit being thankful? I imagine a world without any kind of beauty, friendship, or love; none of the attributes of God. A world of hatred, violence, spiritual darkness, and complete chaos. Without thankfulness, all that’s left is ungratefulness; people demanding their own selfish way.

That would not make for a happy world!

Thanksgiving is giving thanks. Thanks for something specific, something in general, and possibly, just because.

Giving is an act of caring. I care for someone, so I give my love, my time, talents, and treasures to them; not so they’ll do something for me, but because I care. Giving is without strings.

So, we give thanks because we care. We are grateful, generous, and kind. We put other people first, above our own wants and desires. Because we care. Because we’re thankful.

This holiday season, how about laying aside all the “gotta-have”, “gotta-do”, and “gotta-see” feelings and take inventory of what you already have; things you can be thankful for.

It’s a great way to add beauty and love to your world. It’s a great way to build a friendship.

It’s an acceptable way to worship God, as you give thanks to His Name.

And, it’s a wonderful start to building an eternal relationship with the Living God Who sent His Son for you and I. Because He cared.

Give thanks to the Lord , for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1 NLT)

Happy Thanksgiving.

Be a blessing to someone around you!

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