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Be thankful that you do not already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Guard against those politicians who promise to divide the wealth of the nation equally — if done, what would a cup of coffee cost? A loaf of bread? A gallon of fuel? I am now a millionaire, so I will charge whatever the market will bear. Instead, teach children to the honor of work, the value of contributing and the diversity of worth. Teach them it’s not OK to look down on anybody, ever. Not for their line of work; not for economic or educational status; race; any other demographic; not for a life input or outcome; religion or anything.
Be thankful for the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours; it means you are alive. And be thankful when you are weary from work, it means you made a difference with your aching muscles and stressed out mind at the end of the day — it means you have been productive and you have provided for your and your family’s sustenance.
Be thankful for the difficult times; during these times you grow. Be thankful when you don’t know; it gives you the opportunity to learn plus the experience of something new.
Be thankful for your mistakes, they will teach you valuable lessons. Be thankful for a new challenge; let it build strength and character. Be thankful for your own limitations, as they give opportunities for improvements.
Be thankful for the clutter in your house and for the piles of laundry and ironing, it means your loved ones are nearby. Be thankful for the mess after the party, it means you have friends and family to share special occasions or just to get together. As parents, do not forget the greatest gift you can give any child is your time.
Be thankful for the lawn that needs mowing, the windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing. It means you have a house and if you’re lucky, a family to make it a home. Also, be thankful for a huge heating bill, as it means that you have a way to be warm and not out in the cold.
Be thankful for clothes that fit a little snug, it means you have plenty to eat. Be thankful for the spot you find at the far end of the parking lot as it means you are capable of walking instead of those who require the handicapped space 250 steps from the entrance.
Be thankful for the income taxes you pay; it means you are employed. Also, be thankful for all the complaining you hear about the government; it means we have freedom of speech. Unlike most other countries in the world.
Be thankful for the shadow the Lord has provided while you work; it means you are out in the sunshine. Be thankful for the person behind you in church services who sings off-key, it means that you can hear and have freedom of religious expression.
Remember, it’s easy to be thankful for the good things that come along in life. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks and the bumps in the road along the way. Always be willing to share with others.
It has been said, “Gratitude is the mother of all virtues.” Lord, give me a heart full of gratitude and Lord; help me to live a consecrated life, exhibiting true gratefulness.