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Why Should I Choose Thankfulness?

Gratitude is appreciating the blessings in our lives. It focuses my attention on the giver rather than myself. There’s an element of humility to gratitude in that what we’re thankful for wasn’t necessarily earned, deserved, or expected. If we demand something from God or others, then it’s not a gift. Thankfulness is acknowledging all we have, realizing no one is obligated to give it to us. 

The greatest Giver is our Creator. Scripture reveals, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows” (James 1:17 NIV). All good things in our lives, from the next breath we take to food, drink, the sun above, and the oceans below: everything in creation is a blessing from Him. Love, peace, joy, laughter, and all we care about are gifts from God. Our family, pets, art, and all things we find fulfilling are from above. 

We always have a choice to focus on what we have and be grateful or fret about what we don’t have and be discontented. There are many reasons to choose gratitude. As we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving Day, consider how gratefulness blesses us in spirit, soul, and body:

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