Welcome to my series on Stress-Free Living! This year, we’re going to approach the Holidays with a different attitude – not one of worry and stress, but one of peace and gratitude! With God’s help, we can do this! If you’re new to the series, you can find the other posts here.
At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth…”
It amazes me to think that Jesus Christ, our Master and Creator, chose to be thankful. In fact, He chose to thank His Father, even though He was/is one with Him! The question of the hour is, “are we too big to be thankful?”
1. We’re never too old to be thankful
When my husband and I were younger, we went every week to the nursing home in Harrisburg, PA to preach and sing. (He preached; we both sang!) Old Elsie Heely, who had been bedridden for many years, would sing as loud as she could, often lifting up her weak and shaky arms. After the service, we visited with her, and I’ll never forget how thankful she was that God loved her, heard her prayers, and was going to take her one day to Heaven. Even at almost 90 years old, we are never too old to be thankful.
2. We’re never too successful to be thankful
We were at a campmeeting once, where many folks were praising The Lord during the singing. It certainly got a little loud, but I thought it was great! Well, during all of that, a man who was some learned scientist or perhaps a bussinessman jumped up and shouted, “Praise The Lord!” What a blessing that even the wisest, most intelligent, or most educated person can thank The Lord.
3. We’re never too rich to be thankful
R.G. LeTourneau was an inventor and business man, eventually becoming one of the richest men alive, and yet continued to give much of his money to The Lord and speaking for The Lord as the occasion allowed. Those who knew him called him “God’s businessman.” He knew everything he had came from God, and was not ashamed to let it be known that he, as with everything he had, belonged to God.
4. We’re never too often reminded to be thankful.
This is kind of an odd thing, but sometimes we get numb to the reminders to be thankful. “Have the Gratitude Attitude,” “Count Your Blessings,” and “Make a list of things you’re thankful for,” are heard quite often this time of year. Sometimes, however, those reminders begin to fall on deaf ears, and we think to ourselves, I hear this all the time! Yada, yada, yada… and we ignore the message. Don’t let the message of gratutude get lost in the admonition to be thankful.
Joseph Stalin said this disgusting statement: “Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs” Let it never be said of us that we’ve become too big to be thankful.
Let’s bless The Lord, and be thankful for all the things He’s done for us!
Question: Why is it sometimes hard to combine success with gratitude? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!
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