Sunday, November 22, 2020

Living Grateful Lives

At this time of year we call "Thanksgiving" we focus on counting all the blessings and good things in our lives. We  usually include things like, "family, food, friends, home, and health " as some of the things we're thankful for.  Some of us may even go a step further and count the ways the hard times have made us stronger, better, more compassionate people. All of this is good, but I'd like to challenge us to take it to the next level. Instead of simply looking at all the benefits we've received this last year and saying "thank you God," why not make gratitude an action and turn around and bless someone else! Selfish people can be happy about all the stuff they own, but truly grateful people will not hoard it all for themselves. They will look for ways to bless, encourage, and help others.

I Then Shall Live (David Phelps/Gloria Gaither) (Listen Here)

I then shall live as one who's been forgiven.
I'll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
I know my name is clear before my Father;
I am His child and I am not afraid.
So, greatly pardoned, I'll forgive my brother;
The law of love I gladly will obey.
I then shall live as one who's learned compassion.
I've been so loved, that I'll risk loving too.
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges;
I'll dare to see another's point of view.
And when relationships demand commitment,
Then I'll be there to care and follow through.
Your Kingdom come around and through and in me;
Your power and glory, let them shine through me.
Your Hallowed Name, O may I bear with honor,
And may Your living Kingdom come in me.
The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
And may You feed a hungry world through me.

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1 comment:

Conniecrafter said...

It is good to be thankful for all that we have but it is wonderful to share what we are thankful for, so true!