Happy Thanksgiving! This is the time of year when we enter the year-end holiday celebrations starting with Thanksgiving. Having gratitude softens “the hardening of the attitudes.” Gratitude rockets us to a new altitude in life. As Zig Ziglar used to say, “We all need a daily checkup from the neck up to avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes.”
The Biblical story of ten lepers found in Luke 17:11-19 gives the account of Jesus healing ten lepers but only one coming back to find Jesus and thank him. Apparently, in the Heavenly Kingdom, gratitude is highlighted and appreciated. Much the same on this planet, a grateful heart is reflected through a peaceful and joyful countenance.
In our offices, when we have some type of a win, we like to drop what we are doing and give thanks to God for His provision and protection. He owns everything and He gives to whom He chooses. When we experience God’s blessings, we want to thank Him “through whom all blessings flow.”
You are in the grace of God if you have received anything by which you can be thankful. During this Thanksgiving celebration, why not make a list of your biggest wins in 2019 and what you are most thankful for. Remember that true wealth is what money can’t buy and death can’t take away. Keep in mind that real wealth is what you are left with if you lost all your money.
Let your heart overflow with Thanksgiving in 2019, even during physical disease, illness, financial struggles, personal relational issues, disappointment and depression. We can’t control what happens to us, but we can control how we react to those stressors. Victor Frankl, the Holocaust survivor and author of the book, “Man’s Search for Meaning” said this:
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way… Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality.”