Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Thanksgiving brings family and loved ones together, which itself is a blessing. But it also reminds us of the importance of giving thanks. We all have much to be thankful for, but we can easily forget that in the rush and pressure of life. However, research shows that having an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is not only good for our own mental and physical health, it is a blessing to those around us as well. And as people of faith, we believe God is also pleased when we thank Him for His many blessings. There is a reason the Bible repeats this advice over and over: "Give thanks to the LORD for He is Good, His love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1).
Most of us (including myself for sure) tend to long for the things we don’t have. All through history, humanity has made itself miserable by longing after what we do not have, rather than enjoying and being thankful for what we do possess (just look at Adam and Eve). Today, with professional marketers paying literally billions of dollars annually to make us want their products, it might be harder than ever to practice gratefulness. But it is more important than ever.
So, this week, let’s cultivate the Spirit of Thanksgiving. Let’s take time to be thankful, to appreciate all we have. All of us have much to be thankful for, but we have to stop and ‘count our blessings’ as the old hymn reminds us. This week, let’s make time every morning and evening to do just that. And if we can do it with family and friends around us – that is another blessing.
Wishing you and yours a blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving – and an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ all year round!!
Gregory W Slayton
Chairman of Fellowship of Fathers Foundation and Family First Global
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