WRIGHT WAY: Count your blessings
by WILLIAM WRIGHT
Nov 24, 2010 | 2239 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s been said if people are not thankful for what they have, they will not be thankful for what they are going to get. If this is true, it makes all the more sense to have an attitude of gratitude.

Who does not like being appreciated? Spouses have filed for divorce, children have run away from home, companies have suffered major profit losses due to people not feeling appreciated.

Being thankful and expressing thanksgiving as a way of life can become a daily routine if we really want to show our appreciation. How? Why not start with expressions of thanks to God? Ephesians 5:20 says, “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — New International Version.

What can we be thankful for? The list of thanksgiving is endless. As one anonymous writer said, “Even though we can’t have all we want, we ought to be thankful we don’t get all we deserve.”

Are we thankful to God for His undeserved kindness? Are we grateful to know Him by name and be able to sing His praises? Psalm 69:30 says, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”

Do you have family who loves you? Why not thank them for their love and support? Do you have genuine friends who have been there for you during those hard times? Why not give them a call and thank them again?

Do you have a job or are you drawing unemployment? Not everyone has these benefits today. Can’t we be more thankful for what we have and minimize the things we don’t have? As 1Timothy 6:7-8 says, “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” — New International Version.

Having a good standing with God, a clean conscience and the hope of eternal life is a priceless blessing beyond compare and worth thanking God each and every day. Having the ability to communicate directly with our Creator is another blessing for which we can be thankful.

We can even be thankful when we are spared temptation, turmoil and tragedies which occurs every day to someone. Notice what several famous individuals said about being thankful worthy of imitation.

Norman Vincent Peale, author of “The Power of Positive Thinking,” said “The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for. This, of course, is a fact. Thankfulness does tend to reproduce in kind.

The attitude of gratitude revitalizes the entire mental process by activating all other attitudes, thus stimulating creativity.”

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” — Albert Schweitzer.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey.

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” — Buddha

“Be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than your answers.” — William Culbertson.

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” — W. Clement Stone.

On that note, I will again share a poem we ran in 2009, requested again by our readers.

ONE PRECIOUS DAY

I may never see tomorrow;

there’s no written guarantee,

and the things that happened yesterday

belong to history.

I must use this moment wisely

for it soon will pass away,

and be lost to me forever

as a part of yesterday.

I must exercise compassion,

help the fallen to their feet,

be a friend unto the friendless,

make my empty life complete.

I must make this moment precious

for it will not come again,

and I can never be content

with things that might have been.

Kind words I fail to say this day

may ever be unsaid,

I know not how short may be

the path that lies ahead.

The unkind things I do today

may never be undone,

and friendships that I fail to win

may never more be won.

I may not have another chance

on bended knee to pray

and thank my God with humble heart

for giving me this day.

I may never see tomorrow,

but this moment is my own.

It’s mine to use or cast aside;

the choice is mine alone.

I have just this precious moment

in the sunlight of today,

where the dawning of tomorrow

meets the dusk of yesterday.

— Author Unknown

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