Sometimes we can get so caught up in ourselves and daily life that we forget to pause and look around at all of our blessings. With Thanksgiving upon us, I thought I’d write about how embracing an outlook of thankfulness has the power to transform our lives.
Psychologists recommend that patients suffering with depression take time daily to list the things for which they are thankful. I think this is a good practice for everyone! Instead of focusing on the negative, being grateful allows us to look for the good in every situation. Practice this consistently and an attitude of gratitude can become your new way of thinking. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he,” Proverbs 23:7. Change your thinking and you can change your life.
Being thankful improves our relationships with others as well. A couple of months ago my husband and I visited my Papaw in the VA. The nurses were so nice and went on about how sweet he was. Travis made some comment to Papaw about having the nurses wrapped around his finger. Papaw said, “Well, its because I say, thank you.” He understood that by being grateful for all that the nurses did, he could have a good relationship with them. We shouldn’t show appreciation just so we can get more from others, but so that others know we truly value them and their effort. Showing appreciation is a true reflection of our character.
I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Being thankful even in hard circumstances shows God that we trust Him. Putting our trust in God has the power to totally transform our lives. When we put our trust in God, he directs our path. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Those who trust in God will be compassed about with mercy. (Psalms 32:10) “And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him,” Psalms 37:40. Oh, what promises we have!
This week while you spend time with your family, take time to enjoy every moment. Instead of stressing on what to wear, figuring out what to cook, or being cranky because of all the places you have to be, pause and think about all the things around you for which you are thankful. The sound of your kids running through the house, the smell of Mamaw’s homemade biscuits, the wild look in your Grandpa’s eye as he cranks up the electric knife to carve the turkey. Then, continue your attitude of gratitude even after the holidays and let the power of thankfulness change your life!
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