Around Thanksgiving we spend a lot of time focusing on being thankful. It’s so easy to get caught up in schedules, activities, jobs and the everyday hustle and bustle of life, so having a holiday devoted to slowing down and saying, “thank you” serves a valuable purpose. Equally important, however, is living out that attitude of gratitude. To simply stop and be thankful is good, but by allowing that mindset to flow through us by creating in us a cheerful heart is not only good for us but powerful for others.
This Thanksgiving season, I’d challenge you to take being thankful one step further. Let that sense of gratitude really sink in, then use that feeling to affect your outlook and be a blessing to someone. Even on our worst days, we can find comfort in the fact that Jesus died for our sins – and that is something worth smiling about!
PRAYER: We have so much to be thankful for. Open our eyes each day to see the wonder and beauty of the world you created, the joy of friends and family and the privilege of work to provide for our needs. Amen.