Newsletter Note

Giving Thanks

by Ken Cooper

Thanksgiving is Thursday. It’s so easy to get caught up in the football and the food and the family gathering and forget to genuinely give thanks to God for all of his blessings. Thanksgiving is an occasion when we should make time to give thanks where thanks is due.

It is my prayer that you and your family will make this entire week a week of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving should be a characteristic of every Christian’s life. We should be known as thankful people. Gratitude is a common theme in the scriptures. But, like all good habits, thankfulness or gratitude is a difficult discipline to master. Oh sure, we can focus on giving thanks one day a year but it is a tough thing to do every day. We can say the words, but thanksgiving must come from the heart. It’s not so easy to develop the habit of giving thanks as we ought. It’s much easier to slip into an attitude of careless indifference. It takes effort to be thankful.

Why don’t you try these steps to an attitude of thankfulness:

First, promise yourself and God that you are going to give thanks to him every day. Then find some way, maybe a sticky note on the bathroom mirror that says, “Give Thanks to God Today,” to remind you in the morning that you need to take time first thing every day to give thanks to God.

Secondly, try making a journal of all that you are thankful for. Just a folded up 8 ½ by 11 inch piece of paper in your pocket or purse or billfold will do. Every time you are reminded of something for which you need to thank God write it down on that piece of paper. It will only take a few seconds to do that.

Then, thirdly, when you have your quiet time with God use that piece of paper to remind you of the things you want to thank him for.

When you make it a habit to genuinely give thanks it will transform your life. Your attitudes will change toward a multitude of things, and you will be better liked by your friends and family.

Giving thanks for my GMCC family!

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