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November 25, 2013

An Attitude of Gratitude

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“…singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Ephesians 5:19b-20 (NKJV)

I’ve had many good moments as a husband—you can even ask my bride, Lynda. She’d no doubt share some of those with you with. I have also had too many lesser moments as a husband—you can ask Lynda about those as well, although, knowing her, I suspect she’d never let on or let you know.

If I spent the rest of my life on this earth listing the reasons to be thankful for her life, I wouldn’t complete the list before departing for eternity. No way. But perhaps that’s just what I should do each day, to help me with the focus of gratitude in our God and on those blessings He has placed in my life—like her—which should guide my every thought, word and act.

What about you? Have you had some better moments as a husband, or as a bride, or in some other relationship you have—as a father, son, friend, or so many others we are privileged to have. And maybe you still recall some of those lesser moments you wish you could forget?

Been spending long hours at the office preparing for a big project or a big game? How did it go? Experience a recent misstep of insensitivity causing the melody to change in a loved one’s heart? I’ll bet they are still nearby, waiting. Perhaps you have moved your child over into the column where they are beginning to feel “taken-for-granted.” Look down at the end-of-your-elbow and you’ll see their shining face looking up at you waiting for you to notice them. Or are you starting to believe all those doomsday prophets on the television and radio? Turn the dial to “off.”

Perhaps it would help all of us in the midst of the journey of our days if we celebrated Thanksgiving at least once-a-month, or even more. Perhaps we should all take time at least once a month, once a week, or even more often than that to jot down all those people and things we have for which to be thankful. What would your list look like if you began to write them all down?

For as we enter this most distinctive of American holiday seasons, it always seems that no matter where we find ourselves, in our own lives, families, or in our country and world, a mood of honest reflection always evokes an attitude of gratitude, and a heart filled with thankfulness, and a basket full of reasons for renewed hope. Hope that is ours to claim afresh and anew for now and forever, no matter what we may have done, no matter what we’re going through today, or no matter what we face in our tomorrows.

Thanksgiving moves us to an attitude of gratitude, like it moved all of those who have gone before us, for all the blessings from God we enjoy. It’s a time of reflection upon the past, the present and the overarching faithfulness of God assuring our future. It’s a time where the simple things seem to come into clearer focus, so that everything of less importance fades into insignificance.

And perhaps most importantly, Thanksgiving is a time to turn our heads upward, to look beyond this world and remember—with a true spirit of humility and an attitude of gratitude—the One from Whom all blessings flow.

It’s a time and attitude which should be embraced every day of our lives.

It’s Thanksgiving week and my hope for us all is that we might not only be reminded anew of those moments, people and other loved ones in our lives for which we should be thankful, but in the midst of whatever our week and day will bring, we will look to embrace those waiting and fresh moments of blessing provided by the One Who knows you best and loves you most. Blessings which are often found closer than we realize and yet right where they have always been.

On that note, our younger granddaughter, Ellie Kate, just walked into the room and put her arms around my neck and her head on my shoulders as I was finishing these thoughts to you. Where’s that list of blessings?

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you, and to your dear family and friends, and may every day of the coming year be one filled with an attitude of gratitude, with lots of—

“…singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

In His Name—Scott

Copyright 2013. Scott L. Whitaker. All rights reserved.

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 10:59 am
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