Thanksgiving. Ever stopped to think; that word is made up of two words? Thanks & Giving. Thanks leads to giving. To be thankful makes one giving. Isn’t it interesting that we “give” thanks. Remember to be thankful for the many blessings that you have. But don’t forget the other part of the word & be giving. Especially to someone less fortunate than yourself. Especially at this season. Personally and Professionally, this mindset is healthy.
The old gospel song declares; “Amazing grace—how sweet the sound.” Even so, hearts and minds that realize just how many blessings they have are the happiest and most fulfilled. In fact, being thankful is the single most critical ingredient, of fulfillment and satisfaction. The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that grace and gratitude are the greatest high-caliber, thoughts to ever enter the mind of man.
Many of you know that I have a background in Christian ministry. So it is with a great deal of thought and understanding that I say: Grace and gratitude encapsulate in two words, the essence of the Christian gospel.
What a wonderful event is this holiday; For human beings to take a day each year, to slow down and appreciate blessings. Appreciating blessings is the best simple definition of the event of Thanksgiving, for me. Perhaps no single human action demonstrates an elevated spirit more than expressing gratitude. It is impossible to have a demeaned and vexed spirit, while full of gratitude.
Some things are critical for the production of other things. Consider gunpowder. It is made of saltpetre, sulphur and charcoal. But leave out one of these ingredients and instead of a big bang, you get a big fizzle. Not clear enough? Consider bread. Leave out yeast and If the recipe calls for yeast, it must have yeast! Otherwise you will end up with a crisp, brick, flat cake of ingredients. Gratitude is one of those ingredients that makes all the other ingredients work. It is a catalyst for goodness in our life.
No matter what we face, griping and complaining will not make it better. It takes spiritually healthy attitudes, to deal with everyday problems and aggravations, effectively. When we replace poor qualities of mind and heart, with kindness and with gratitude; not only do we feel better … but our capacity to receive fulfillment, spiritual blessing and happiness improves.
Don’t just read this article and say “That’s nice.” Take the time to apply it. Make your own gratitude list of things you are thankful for and see if it doesn’t benefit your life.
Have a wonderful ThanksGiving in the truest & deepest sense of the word. Be thankful. Be giving.
I love inspirational word games. So as my gift to you, here is an acrostic, to help you think about the best definition and meaning of Thanksgiving. You could read it at the holiday dinner table, to bless your friends and family.
Don’t forget to do something for someone else this Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to YOU from Me.