Around the Internet, there is Thankfulness everywhere!! I love that. It softens even the toughest of hearts, doesn’t it? There is power in gratitude. I believe that is truly where my favorite verse was heading when Paul finished his passionate prayer prescription with this:
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Gratitude can fight and win every battle we have with that dark negativity that threatens our peace. It’s that good. I am constantly reminded of this verse, and we try our best to instill this Truth in our every day lives.
Not just during Thanksgiving.
Perhaps that is the real challenge, my friends. Will you still be thankful in the cold dark months of February? The dreary endless days of March? At the hospital? In your sick bed? Going to your miserable workplace? Captive at home with sick kids? Stressed with financial burdens? Wrestling through family conflicts? Etc. Those days are the ones that gratitude desperately cries out to carry.
Gratitude changes hearts. It can change yours too, if you let it. Even in your darkest times- it’s there… bound deep within. Every single day, we have a choice to allow it to reveal itself in all its glory. We can choose to find the light in our journey, or we can be weighed down with the heavy burdens that can shadow our perspective and sometimes even sink us. It just needs to be released.
Perhaps you will take this Holiday theme to heart. To your heart. Daily. Hourly if need be.
It’s the greatest gift you will ever need.
Open it by will.