This is the time of year when people talk about what they are thankful for. Many friends on Face Book are posting their thoughts each day. It was my Toastmasters group’s theme this week. Nearly all of the comments have been connected to relationships with family and friends. The little things are the big things; like breakfast in bed, help with chores, a relaxing walk, or a beautiful sunrise/sunset. Others were thankful for the fact they had homes jobs, and food.

My conclusion is that people really do understand the priorities that give value to life. No one was thankful they drove the right car or wore the correct clothes. Maybe the media and Hollywood’s push for glamor and reaching a social perfection isn’t convincing everyone.

The act of being thankful is what Paul referred to in I Thessalonians 5:16-18; “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Paul wasn’t saying that every situation is filled with joy but that you can be filled with joy if you pray and give God gratitude. When we focus on God’s will; which is “pray continually; give thanks;” we don’t allow negative thoughts to invade our minds. The more we find to be grateful for, the more joy will fill us. Being thankful is a step toward being joyful.

What are you doing to keep the attitude of gratitude all year long?

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