Thursday, November 22, 2012

Give Thanks

Thanksgiving comes around once a year to remind us just how blessed we are as Americans. Despite all the struggles we’re having right now, we still have so much to thank God for – and so little to complain about.

Some time ago I read an article encouraging Christ followers to give thanks. It included these lines:

If you have food in your refrigerator,
clothes on your back, a roof over
your head and a place to sleep,
you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank,
in your wallet, and spare change
in a dish someplace, you are among
the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you attend a church meeting
without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death,
you are more blessed than almost
three billion people in the world.

If you have never experienced
the danger of battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment,
the agony of torture or
the pangs of starvation,
you are ahead of 20 million people
around the world.

If you can read this message,
you are more blessed than over
two billion people in the world
who cannot read anything at all.

Wow. And to think I complain because I get stuck in traffic for ten minutes, or because my coffee isn’t hot enough, or because my favorite TV show is on hiatus. I’ve got a lot of growing to do.

Giving thanks is not only commanded throughout Scripture -- it’s a better way to live. Did you know medical studies have shown that people who give thanks more and complain less are less likely to contract infectious disease? Remember: “The surly bird gets the germ!” 

(I got that awful pun from Rick Warren. Blame him, not me.)

I hope you're having (or have had) a wonderful thanksgiving!

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