“Is she as famous as you mom?” My youngest son asked. At that I laughed out loud and said, “who?” ” The Meg person you’re writing to.” He responded. “Goodness, son…mommy’s not famous!” I said. “Yes, you are! You’ve written a book and anyone who writes a book is famous!” With that, our conversation was over and Landon bounded off to a new item.
That got me to thinking…I’m hardly famous, except with my Labrador and Beagle who find me irresistible before their morning walk, but BOY OH BOY I have much to be thankful for! We all do! Breath, food, clean water, friends, family, senses to experience the fullness of life…the list goes on and on.
This season of Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to ponder our blessings, adjust our perspective and pray to give thanks.
- Ponder – If we stop to think about the positive things in our life; loving family, friends, supportive spouse, siblings, parents who are still living, the fact that we’ve got the chance to live another day, the opportunity to smile at and greet a person in need, and arms to embrace loved ones are amazing blessings! We don’t put these non monetary items on our blessing list often, but they are no less wonderful gifts. Pondering the good in our life changes our outlook, which in turn changes our perspective.
- Perspective – Our perspective is greatly influenced by our feelings. Once we begin to gain a clearer picture of what’s true and not (what I call fact or feeling) we can begin to view the goodness that occurs daily in our lives and the blessings we actually have. As scholar James Q. Wilson has stated, “The poorest Americans today live a better life than all but the richest persons a hundred years ago.” In 2005, the typical household defined as poor by the government had a car and air conditioning. For entertainment, the household had two color televisions, cable or satellite TV, a DVD player, and a VCR. If there were children, especially boys, in the home, the family had a game system, such as an Xbox or a PlayStation. In the kitchen, the household had a refrigerator, an oven and stove, and a microwave. Other household conveniences included a clothes washer, clothes dryer, ceiling fans, a cordless phone, and a coffee maker.” Our perspective needs to be based on facts, not feelings.
- Pray – A great way to express our thankfulness is through prayer. Stopping to thank the Lord for His goodness, provision and grace each day places our hearts into an position of gratitude. A thankful prayer greatly impacts the way we view our world and our circumstances.
So this Thanksgiving season, have an Attitude of Gratitude. Ponder positive things, adjust your perspective and pray to give thanks. This will not only influence your heart, but will have a positive effect on your relationships and those in your sphere of influence.
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I’m so thankful for you! I hope you have a a very thankful Thanksgiving!