Monday, February 22, 2010

An Attitude of Thankfulness

Happy Monday...

Well again its snowing :( so with me now being a Pastor I found this great book to use with my Youth group I'm so excited about it. Its called Addicted to God 50 days to a more powerful relationship with God By Jim Burns.

Day 1 An Attitude of Thankfulness: This just touched my heart so much I wanted to share it to all of you who read my blog...I hope it moves you the same way it moved me.

Day 1
An Attitude of

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

There is always reason to be thankful. Notice that today's Scripture doesn't say to be thankful for all things but to be thankful in all things. Even in the most difficult of circumstances you can find a reason for a thankful heart. I like the phrase that says, "I complained because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet." No matter what your circumstances, i believe there is a reason to be thankful in your circumstances. Your situation may never change, but your attitude can change, and that will make all the difference in the world.
Terry Foxe was a Canadian distance runner who started a run from one side of Canada to the other. He as at least 26 miles a day to raise money for cancer research. He was a cancer victim himself. He ran every mile on one leg, since his right leg had been amputated well above the knee. Almost every day a television announcer or radio newscaster would put a microphone in front of Terry and ask him how his run for cancer was going. Often exhausted and losing valuable strength, Terry would say, "I don't know about tomorrow, but God gave me another day to live, and I'm thankful for each day I'm alive." Terry didn't finish his run across Canada because he died of the dreaded disease. Yet even to the end he remained thankful for each day and considered each day God's gift to him. With an attitude of thankfulness he made the most of a difficult situation.

Going Deeper

1. What is difference between being thankful for all circumstances and thankful in all circumstances as is prescribed in 1 Thessalonians 5:18?

2. What are your circumstances right now? Is it time for you to begin developing a greater attitude of thankfulness in your life?

Further Reading........

Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;Make known His deeds among the peoples. 1 Chronicles 16:8

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good,For His loving kindness is everlasting. Psalm 136:1

Till Next Time.....

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