Be thankful in all circumstances. Not FOR them…but IN them!
Today in America, we celebrate Thanksgiving. We take a day to pause, reflect, and give thanks for all that we have been blessed with. As I think about all the ways I’ve been blessed in my life, I am so thankful for my family, my heath, and so many other things that God has blessed me with.
However, I know there are many people today who are in difficult situations, and finding it hard to give thanks. The financial pressures, the relationship issues, their current life circumstances are overshadowing the many reasons they have to give thanks.
This is easy to do, and I’ve been there! I think we all have in some way. It’s easy to complain about what’s wrong in your life, rather than giving thanks for what’s right. If this is you today, I want to encourage you to change your perspective.
It is possible to be in the most difficult circumstances and give thanks IN those circumstances, not necessarily FOR them.
When you can do this you are demonstrating that you are bigger than what you are going through. You are indeed stronger, more resilient, and able to put things in perspective. Remember this, there are people all over the world who would love to have your worst day!
Give thanks today IN the middle of whatever your circumstances are. This is a choice you can make right now. It may not change your situation in an instant but it can change your perspective, and when you change your perspective, your situation often changes.
You are blessed! Have a wonderful day as you give thanks IN all things.
Be thankful in all circumstances. Not FOR them…but IN them!
One of my favorite tales is of an old Eskimo fisherman who owned two dogs. One was a black dog, the other was white. He trained these two dogs to fight on command and on Saturday’s he’d take his two dogs to the town square to fight. The townspeople would gather around and he would always take bets as to which dog would win the fight.
Have you been talking about what you are going to do, rather than just doing it?
Do you talk about getting in shape? Do you talk about saving money? Do you talk about finishing your degree? Do you talk about that book you are going to write?
If so, isn’t it time to stop talking and start taking action?
|Attitude check! Your attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG |
I don’t think anything has ever been written that better describes the importance of attitude than these words from Chuck Swindoll.
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.
1. Focus on other’s needs instead of your wants.
The great Zig Ziglar used to say, “You’ll get everything you want out
of life if you just help enough people get what they want.” Be the kind
of person who thinks of others before yourself. Remember Self-absorbed
people are miserable.
2. Listen first, speak second. There is a reason God gave you two ears and one mouth! Listen twice as much as you speak. Do people say you are a good listener? With a little practice this is a skill you can easily develop and will help improve every relationship you have.
3. Resist the urge to complain. It won’t make anything
better and it brings negative energy to the room. This isn’t you!
Bring positive energy with your presence, your words, and your
attitude. People will want to be around you.
4. Count your blessings not your problems. No matter how bad things are or how many problems you are dealing with, stop and count your blessings. And start with the ones we so easily take for granted.
5. Respond instead of react. When you are sick and have a reaction to your medicine that’s bad; when your body responds that’s good! If you are faced with a situation that makes you angry today do not react out of emotion. Be the kind of person who responds rationally with thought and poise.
6. Make time to exercise! You know you need to. You want to. You plan to…If this is describers you get some momentum this week by starting today. You’ve heard it said, “Day One or One day? Your body will release endorphins and you’ll feel better, be more focused, and have more energy.
7. Acknowledge God is your source and be continually thankful for every breath He gives. Always acknowledge that God is the source of your life and the giver of every good thing you have.
Choose to make it a great day!
Too often we fall into a trap of comparing ourselves to other people. I see this so often in my work with young people, and sadly many adults continue to compare and compete with others their entire life.
They see someone who has a bigger house, or a nicer car, or makes more money, or has the “perfect family”, or has some quality they want, and in their minds they begin to chase after what someone else has.
Do you like the results you are getting in your family, in your marriage, in your work, in your relationships, in your health?
I want to remind you this morning that there is one person who is responsible for the results in your life, and that one person is YOU. Here are 4 thoughts to help you move from where you are to where you want to be:
Jim Rhon said, “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” I have found this to be true, but I’ve also found that change is hard to make.
If you’re like a lot of people I meet and work with, there are things in your life that you would love to change. I read of a study that said 92% of people who attempt to make a change are not able to actually make it.
Tiger Woods is back to winning! His win yesterday is one of the greatest comeback stories of all time. I was watching the news today and heard a reporter tell of a conversation he had with Tiger a year ago.
The reporter asked, “Tiger, you’re so close, what’s it going to take to start winning?”