Data has shown that we Americans who are poor, still live better than most of the rest of humanity.
Today is the first day of this week, the beginning of a week of giving thanks. We have so much in which to be thankful, that we should not focus on just one day or a week.
We should thank God for all the blessings, He bestows on us daily. He gives us much more than we appreciate or can count.
We are so blessed, and so use to living in America, that some of us think this is the normal.
Data has shown that we, Americans, who are poor, still live better than most of the rest of humanity.
I always believe it is a natural human instinct to not appreciate where we are, when we have nothing else to compare. Look at our children and how ungrateful they often stand.
So let us observe some of the less fortunate people that surround us and give more thanks and appreciation for what our God has given us, mainly the great opportunity of life and the opportunity of salvation.
Let us give thanks for the love we experience from our spouses, friends and family.
Let us give thanks for good health, fair health that can be made better by changing our habits. Let us give thanks for just the opportunity to be a part of being.
Let us give thanks for our families- functional or otherwise and learn to pray for the otherwise, non-functional.
Let us step away from finding fault and placing irrational judgement and practice love, like Christ love.
If we have children, they too are a blessing, let us give thanks. Let us teach them gratefulness and that nothing is entitled.
Let us treat them like the blessing they are as we continue to pray for the knowledge and ability to raise them to be good productive beings.
If we have love ones who have gone on into eternity, give thanks for having had the time together and thank God for memories.
Imagine those whose cherished memories have been erased, due to medical conditions, Alzheimer’s, etc.
Let us give thanks for our spouses, as we continue to pray for growth, let us thank God, that the opportunity for growth is still present.
Let us pray that we and our spouses may seize the opportunity while there is still time.
Let us give thanks for that spouse that is functioning the way God has intended.
Let us give thanks to God for still blessing our families, in spite of having a spouse that has not reached that level yet, as we continue to pray that they may arrive soon.
We have so much to be thankful. Let us focus on those things that are good, lovely, things of good reports and praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8)
Let us enjoy this week of Thanksgiving as we practice how to be thankful and try to focus more on wanting what we already have, rather than focusing on getting more of what we want.