This week we will set aside a day for Thanksgiving. It is a day for all of us to focus on all of the many blessings in our lives and share that gratitude with those we love. Thanksgiving reminds me in many ways of another special day, Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is a day to share your love with that someone special in your life. I have always had a problem with that day. What about the other 364 days of the year? Shouldn’t everyday be Valentine’s Day? By the same token, why a single day of “Thanksgiving?” We have so much to be thankful for in our lives. How can we cram it all into a single day? We are always so busy in our lives, looking for quick fixes, fad diets, and “one minute managers,” so it makes sense that we try to show our love and gratitude in just one day.
Thanksgiving is a way of life. The holidays are always a time of busyness and sometimes depression. An attitude of gratitude is the best anecdote for that. Here are some ways to develop an attitude of gratitude and to change your life and perhaps someone else’s life as well:
- Slow down. Find some quiet time every day to thank God for your blessings.
- Take five minutes every day to write a personal note or letter to someone to whom you owe a debt of gratitude. Be specific!
- Read the Bible everyday and other books that focus on gratitude and thanksgiving.
- Pray before meals, in the morning, and before bed with your spouse and your kids giving thanks for the precious gift that they are.
- Write a letter to the editor at your newspaper telling a story of thanks for something good. We have enough bad news.
Make a choice to live a life of thanksgiving and gratitude. One of my favorite quotes is: “If the only prayer you prayed in your whole life was ‘Thank You,’ that would be sufficient.” Give thanks today and everyday!
Be sure to tune into our monthly radio show on Relevant Radio 970AM in Austin, TX on Friday, November 25th at 9AM! Listen online at www.relevantradio970.com. This month’s show focuses on gratitude.