As Americans scurry to make preparations for Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday, it’s good for all of us to take a few minutes to give thanks.
When challenges surround us (even seemingly insurmountable ones) it’s a discipline to give thanks for what lies betwixt and between the bad stuff. It’s not necessary to thank God for the bad stuff, but for packages of grace in the bad stuff.
Some packages are easier to identify than others – love, beauty, family, friends, provisions of grace, strength to endure (minute by minute), God’s peace, joy and…chocolate.
An attitude of gratitude is not something to put on just one day of the year (ie, Thanksgiving) but is something that can add meaning to each and every day. Feeling grumpy in the morning? Try being grateful for one thing…then another.
If we let gratitude infiltrate our interactions with others, it lifts them (and us) up, too.
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder… When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” G.K. Chesterton
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