I found this quote the other day and it certainly caused me to pause and think.
“What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”
It is Thanksgiving, a whole day set aside to show how thankful we are but often, even on this special day, the only reference we make to being thankful is to have everyone state one thing they are thankful for at the dinner table. For some people, it is hard to come up with even one thing.
I wish this Thanksgiving we all could learn to be more thankful and content and learn to look at things differently.
I get in my old old clunker of a car and drive to the grocery store and just about the time I wish I had a nice new car like that one next to me, I look ahead and see an older man with a cane struggling against the wind trying to make it in time to the bus stop.
I get frustrated that my house is old, ugly and not very handy but then I remember seeing children living on the streets in Japan with almost no shelter at all.
I cringe at the price of food and want to moan and complain but then I look around me and see that I’m standing in a beautiful, clean, nice grocery store with thousands of items to choose from and it makes me thankful that I don’t have to stand in a food line waiting for ages just to get enough food to feed my family one small meal. Hmm… How often do we complain about waiting in the checkout line at the store just to pay for our groceries?
I don’t want to put a guilt trip on you. I know sometimes things happen that hurt so badly that you really can’t think of one thing to be thankful for and it’s okay to weep and hurt for a season but that is different from living in a continual pity party mindset.
Thanklessness is just a bad habit we have gotten into and it needs to be changed. Take 30 minutes and note of how often you whine or complain about something and compare it to how often you are thankful for something in that same 30 minutes. I think you will be surprised about what you find.
Hopefully you will see why you live in continual frustration instead of contentment… because no matter what you do or how things change that mindset goes with you all the time.
Thankfulness and contentment are twins that go hand in hand. Without one you will never have the other. Usually a thankful person is one who is content and a person is usually content because she is so thankful even for the smallest things she has.
This Thanksgiving, instead of trying to think of just one thing you are grateful for, try “changing” your mind to a thankful way of thinking all year long.
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