” In every thing give thanks” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~
I can only speak for myself, but I have seen an increase in unthankfulness all around me. Children throwing tantrums, turning red in store isles.. Mothers leaving reviews for the latest trend toys, irate at the inability to please, ruined their child’s birthday.. really? There was once a time when people were grateful for simply having basic necessities. Food, clothing, and a roof over your head was enough to make anyone count their blessings. In this new generation many have all they need and still want more.. Possibly a vacation to a third world country could change their outlook.. There was once a man who complained he had no shoes, until he met the man who had no feet..
When I am “wanting” things I don’t really need.. I have to remind myself to be thankful for what I do have, since many have far less. When the winter wind chills me, I think of the homeless who endure all weather. When I get tired of the same budget meals, I am reminded of those who eat from dumpsters. There are many things I am thankful for, and if you stop to think about it.. we can always find more..
Having friendship with Praveen and his family in India has shown me that being thankful is a virtue to teach children early. My heart is touched when I see how thankful they are. Their faith is strengthened when they are in need, and find that God makes a way. I have learned valuable lessons from others who never lived with abundance, and are thankful for what they have at any given moment. This is not always easy I agree.. our flesh enjoys comfort, and at times life is downright uncomfortable.. If we practice being thankful it becomes easier every day.
~ I am wishing you a happy and thankful Thanksgiving~ 🙂