“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” ~ Harry Ironside
Finding gratitude in the midst of the storms
- 5 of the 100 are US Citizens
- 24 of the 100 have no electricity
- 33 have no safe drinking water
- 63 have no adequate sanitation
- 50 will go to bed hungry tonight
- 23 have no shelter
- 18 can’t read or write
- 48 live on less than $2 a day
I don’t share those statistics to lay a guilt trip on anyone. It is simply a reminder that we are so blessed but so often we take our blessings for granted.
Our house isn’t quite what we’d like. If only it was bigger, or had more land, or was in a different neighborhood. . . Yet many in the northeast whose homes were damaged by hurricane Sandy would happily trade places with us.
We complain if the service we receive at the restaurant is poor or if the food isn’t what we expect. . . Yet half the world will go to bed hungry tonight.
We complain it’s too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, but nearly a quarter of the people in the world have no shelter to protect themselves from the elements.
I could go on but you get the idea. Gratitude really is a matter of focus and perspective. If we only look for the negative we will soon be depressed. If we choose to look for the positive we will have a different attitude.
We have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Gratitude comes when we take our focus off ourselves
When we focus on ourselves it is so easy to become depressed when things aren’t exactly as we want them to be. In the book of Proverbs we read:
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. Proverbs 11:25 MSG
It is very hard to remain ungrateful while you are serving those less fortunate than you.
- Find someone who needs a hand and serve them. Preferably someone who has no way to pay you back.
- Thank God for the blessings of a warm bed, a roof over your head, and food in your stomach. So many in our world don’t have that.
- Be thankful for the blessings that money could never buy, the love of friends and family.
- Most of all be grateful for the Savior who came to serve not to be served and performed the ultimate act of service in paying the penalty for our sins.
My personal gratitude this Thanksgiving
As we focus on what we are thankful for this Thanksgiving, I want to take this opportunity to say I am very thankful for each one of you who regular read what I write here. Our days can be so busy with just keeping up with what life sends our way. Thank you for taking a few minutes to read what I have to say. I hope you have found it helpful.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
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