Be thankful in all circumstances.... 1 Thessolonians 5:17
It is amazing how thankfulness can transform even the most desperate of situations into something more. Let's face it, this world we live in can be harsh, demanding, and even devastating. The question isn't when will this storm pass? The answer is, teach me how to dance in the rain. There are always going to be storms in this life. Waiting for the storm to pass in order to be thankful, is unrealistic. Learning how to be thankful in the storms is attainable and will turn what you have into enough and more.
The Thanksgiving holiday would not have been initiated if it wasn't for our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Many of you may know Abraham Lincoln from his many accomplishments as a president, leading our nation during the civil war and the Emancipation Proclamation to name a couple. Many of us may not know his tragedies and failures that occurred before he become one of the most accomplished leaders of our nation.
When Lincoln was nine, his mother died and his sister died in childbirth. He received little formal education. At age twenty-four he found himself deep in debt when a store he invested in failed. When he was twenty-five the woman he loved caught fever and died causing him to sink into deep depression.
Three years later he proposed to another woman and she turned him down. At thirty-four he lost the nomination for U.S. Congress. Only one of his four sons lived to adulthood: one died just short of age 4, one at age 11, one at 18. One may ask what did this man have to be thankful for? The answer is, everything. In 1863 he asked Congress to establish the annual celebration of Thanksgiving. Why? Because he had a thankful heart, and he had gratitude. And he lead a nation to do the same by instilling a national day to give thanks. If you ever get a chance to read the Thanksgiving Proclamation written by Abraham Lincoln, it is filled with praises and thanksgiving.
Chapter 18 Being Thankful Page 164
Excerpt "Waiting for Heaven"
Being Thankful even in the worst of circumstances can make those terrible circumstances seem not as bad. It is hard to be angry and thankful at the same time. Choosing to be thankful in difficult circumstances changes the outcome of the situation drastically.
A simple thank you can really change someone's day. Is there someone in your life you are thankful for? Tell them today how thankful you are for them. Watch this short clip how these people's lives were affected by just one little thank you. Have a joyful thanksgiving, may you be abundantly blessed. Thank you for reading this post! If you were touched by reading this or are just plain thankful, leave your comments below.