November 25, 2009

Wishing You a Thankful Heart

Today is the Thanksgiving Day Holiday, which George Washington originally recommended for all nations in his 1789 proclamation.

A thanful heart is a good thing. It gives health and happiness. The Apostle Paul said we can be thankful in all things at all times (Ephesians 5.20). How is this possible? It's possible when you realize God is in control of everything and uses all things for good (Romans 8.28). This is especially true for those who love Him and follow Him.

Knowing God is the main thing, the main reason we can be happy, at least that's what I've come to experience. Everything else in life will let you down. When you truly get a handle on this reality, all the rest is small stuff. People often don't seek God because of a wrong perception of what God is like. People may see Him as a cruel judge or harsh father figure, whatever. But God was personified in Jesus Christ, who was manifest full of grace and truth. To sum it up, God is love (1 John 4.8). For these reasons and endless reasons more, we can be thankful to God. "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever." (Psalms 107.1)

In my life I often fail to be thankful when I get caught up in the details and probelms of life. I wish for myself, more thankfulness, overflowing thankfulness. I wish you the same

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