We are in a new month, while fastly approaching the end of an old year! OH, how GOOD God has been to us to this year. For the month of November, I want to emphasize the importance of being thankFULL.
In 1Tessalonians 5:18 the Bible tells us “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” What a fitting scripture to think on as we approach this Holiday Season of Thanksgiving. For believers and non-believers alike, this biblical saying is true for all those who wish to live a positive, healthy life. God’s concern for us is to profit from every occurrence in life, the good, the bad, and the ugly. But really what is there to gain in being thankful for the bad? And just how easy is it to ‘give thanks’? This week I will be sharing 5 points to consider about giving thanks:
1) Be Thankful For What You Have and You Will End Up Having More
The above is the opening to a quote emphasizing that when we recognize what we have we will realize we actually have more than enough. The more you give thanks, the more things you will find to be thankful for. Studies have shown that the simple practice of thankfulness and gratitude can enhance our lives even in the most fundamental but most essential skill of building social bonds and fortify existing relationships. Think of this not only from a personal perspective, but reflect on business and co-worker relationships also. When we realize the importance and value of the people we are around daily, we treat them better and seek to reciprocate the kindness we have experienced from them. They in turn do the same and a cycle of giving and receiving appreciation is created. The positive emotions that stem out of this cycle fuel and promote growth in individuals and communities as kind acts and moral conduct is stimulated. A thankful person is a more positive person, and positive people are better liked by others and more likely to win friends, associates and business partners. Who knew that being thankful could be the key to connecting with the right person? We all have something to gain personally and collectively when we foster the right relationships.