Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Thanksgiving "Attitude Check"

Source: Knock Off Decor via Jackie Rutkowski Ellis on Pinterest

The approaching Thanksgiving holiday is always a reminder to me to do an “attitude check.”  Is Thanksgiving merely a date on the November calendar, or is it an attitude of gratitude in my heart?  Because when we’re looking a life through the lens of thanksgiving, then we become more content about everything in our life. 

For example…

~ We can complain about the dishes we need to wash, 
or we can be thankful we had food to eat. 

~ We can be annoyed by the mountain of laundry,
or we can be grateful that our family has clothes to wear.  

~ We can fuss about the toys strewn about on the floor, 
or we can give thanks for the house we live in and the children who fill it with joy. 

Linda Dillows wrote, “Each of us has a choice about how we look at life:  we can focus on the mud, or we can look up and see the stars.  God wants you and me to learn to be content in our circumstances, not when they improve.” 

When gratitude is a part of our daily existence, then Thanksgiving becomes a celebration of all we have; it is not a one-day event, but a year-round expression of our blessings.  

In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:18


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