Week 15 Gratitude

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.
Have you used one to say “thank you?”
William A. Ward

Have you thanked someone today? Have you thanked the creator? Have you thanked yourself? Have you expressed any kind of gratitude lately? Two of the most important first words we learn as children as it relates to gratitude are please and thank you. As we grow older we realize that there are different levels of gratitude which must be expressed. Each stage in our life should teach us the importance of being grateful.
Why should we be grateful? Why express thankfulness? The answer can be found in the Bible, Paul’s epistle to the Thessalonians, 1st Thessalonians 5:18  Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
This answer is our blueprint for a successful life. Paul did not say to be thankful when we have everything in order, when we receive the promotion, when we win the lottery, when our children are doing the right thing, when the refrigerator is full, when we have found the love of our life, when our bank account has millions of dollars but no matter what the situation we are to be thankful.  Maybe like me you are thinking, what does Paul know? He  is not living through some crazy situations that we are going through with the economy, the kids acting up, the husband is never at home, the wife is angry, the job is not fulfilling, some have no job, the challenges with the business. Yes he is aware of them all hence the reason he says give thanks. Giving thanks changes the situation.

What are the benefits of giving thanks? Glad you asked.

1.  When we show that we are thankful our family, friends and co-workers are loyal to us and are ready and willing to assist in different situations.
2.  When we show appreciation to our circle of friends’ they draw closer to us and they will assist us without hesitation.
3. We receive many blessings and gifts when we are grateful, in other words what we appreciate appreciates.

How can I have an attitude of gratitude?

1. Keep a gratitude journal. List at least 5 things you are grateful for each day
2. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen, library, shelter, or hospital.
3. Give of your talents and skills to an organization.
4. Show your spouse/partner appreciation – write and leave thank you notes. Should they call to say they are running late, thank them for letting you know, please do not be upset.
5. Be grateful to your friends – send a surprise note or card just because.
6. Be grateful to your co-workers – Say thank you to them, be sincere and specific when you show them appreciation.
7. Be thankful for your parents. Remember you chose them and they are the reason you are where you are at the present time. – A phone call or a visit will show you care.
8. Thank your customers and clients for business. A hand written note, email or birthday card can go a long way.
9. Thank people for excellent service. The mailman, the UPS man, the FEDEX man, the delivery guy, the waiter.
10. Employers – Show employees appreciation in front of their peers. Handle problems/challenges in private.
11. Show appreciation to the children – Thank them for making the right choices. Kisses, hugs and compliments go a long way. Thanking the children will instill in them the importance of being grateful.
12. Be confident in the decisions you make on a daily basis.
13. Be thankful for your body. Thank you God for healthy lungs.

Gratitude increases our money, joy, peace and love. Be grateful. Thank you.

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