Thanksgiving is a great time of year to get our perspective in the right direction. It’s easy to focus on what is not going right in our lives or on what we don’t have, instead of what is right and being thankful for what we do have. Thankful people are happy people. When we are thankful it produces a joy in us that can’t be taken away unless we allow something negative to permeate our thoughts.
Negativity brings more negative into our lives. It creates unhappiness and discontent.
A good example of this from the bible is the Israelites in the wilderness. They grumbled and murmured and complained about many things. They didn’t like being in the wilderness. They didn’t like the way Moses was leading them. They were tired of the same old thing to eat everyday. Their focus was very negative.
They could have been thankful God delivered them from the bondage of the Egyptians; that they had plenty of food to eat everyday and all they had to do was gather it. (On the Sabbath they didn’t have to gather it because double was rained down on Friday so they could have a day of rest). The Egyptians did not give them a day of rest. In fact, they piled more and more work on them and made it extremely difficult for them to fulfill their quota for the day. In spite of being in the dessert, God cooled them all day with a cloud and at night he kept them warm with a pillar of fire. Their clothes did not wear out. They had a godly leader who cared about each one of them.
They got bored with God’s blessings. It became familiar. The familiarity with God’s goodness led to complaining about wanting more or what they thought was better. This happens in our lives when we choose to think this way. Thankfulness causes us to be happy no matter what is going on in our lives because it’s not dependent on our circumstances. It has to do with our frame of mind.
What we choose to think about and how we choose to look at our situation will make or break us.
Thankfulness will take us up. Complaining will bring us down. Thankfulness and ingratitude spill into all areas of our lives. Thankfulness will not only give us a happy disposition, but it will cause us to be kinder and more generous. Complaining and negativity create selfishness and unthoughtfulness toward others. It makes us and others miserable.
I encourage everyone to let Thanksgiving kickstart you into an attitude of gratitude for the entire year. Be known as a grateful person. It’ll be infectious and you’ll infect people for the kingdom of God.
I Keep My Mind On Whatever Is True, Pure, Right, Holy, Friendly, And Proper.
I Always Think About What Is Worthwhile And Worthy Of Praise.
Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 CEV
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