"Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagles!" ~ Psalm 103:1-5 (NLT)
In response to the customary cordial greeting, "How are you?" I often reply, "I'm great! And, I'm grateful!" I decided, years ago, that I will express my thanks every opportunity that I can find. That resolution has transformed my life!
I believe that gratitude is part of our divine immunity system against the darkness, discouragements, and contagions of this world. You cannot be bitter and grateful at the same time. You cannot simultaneously be both grateful and oppressed. The reason for this dichotomy is because gratitude is the expression of acknowledging what you believe. Giving thanks is a vital element of active faith.
Rather than thinking on and talking about what you don't have, let your heart be full of gratitude for what you do have. It takes a bit of effort to shift your focus, but it is so worth it!
Rather than pondering the pain that others have caused you, meditate on the mercies that God has shown you. If you want your heart to be healthy and strong, have a heart that is "great-full!" Be sure to fill your heart, to the full, with a testimony of all the great things God has done for you!
As humans, as Americans, and most of all, as Christians, we have so much for which to be thankful! To not be grateful is to have forgotten the benefits that God has so graciously and generously poured out upon our lives. Be grateful and give thanks, because
" A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord. Thank God in the midst of trials and every persecution.” Billy Graham
Wendy and I hope that you and all of your family have a Wonderful Thanksgiving and Beautiful Holiday Season!
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