November 20, 2023

I Am Grateful

My Mom ended life on this planet as a grateful person. She put that on display with enough brilliance that I could not miss it. Before she passed away in 2018, she reminded me to “Count my Blessings!” If you have to count them the blessings are in fact many and it was a great counsel she offered me to count them!

My mental pictures of powerful gratitude come not from abundance, but from grateful people who have lived through hardship and adversity and then put gratefulness on display. While I am tremendously grateful for the abundance of life in the United States and the freedom paid for by others, I am witness to powerful gratefulness from people who were showing gratitude for clean water!

Gratefulness is not about saying thank you, but grateful people do say thank you! Gratefulness is not about having a nice house; it may be about relishing the thought of not sleeping outside again! Choosing your food is distinctly a western culture thing. Many people on the planet are happy just to have food for a day.

During this holiday of Thanksgiving, I encourage you to take stock of where you are in the world. Then simply reflecting with your family or friends gathered for turkey to reflect on how fortunate we are as Americans just to be born here.

If you have good family relationships, savor those people, and offer greetings to the people you are sharing the holiday with letting them know you are blessed to have them around! Love abundantly and listen generously, that is purposely grateful.

Thank God because He asks us to give thanks.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Finally, know I am thankful for you, the folks who reply with kind words. I am grateful for those who read what I write, speak, or video. I hope that this blesses you as much as it does me.

Time to count my blessings!

November 20, 2023

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