Thanks and Giving

On October 3, 1789, George Washington wrote a national proclamation stating "I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States, to the Service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be..."

What does Thanksgiving mean to you? Feasting on turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the trimmings? Visiting with friends and relations? A special football game? Or how about this novel idea: to just be thankful for all that we have.

How easy it is to fill our heart with bitterness over things that go wrong. We often focus on what is missing, what we don't have, and how others may not have lived up to our expectations. To be truly thankful, we must fill our hearts with gratitude for the things that are right in our life. This takes a conscious effort, but it is one that is worthwhile.

On Thanksgiving day tomorrow, I challenge you to focus on the good, what you already have, not what you desire to have. Set aside the hurts of the past and remember those who have helped you. Lastly, remember the words of this wise unknown author, "Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving."

Thank God for all that you have... food, shelter, loved ones, employment, and all good things. Then, give of yourself to as many people as you can possibly reach. Living by this creed will make every day as Thanksgiving!

Contributed by Melanie Schurr. (Copyright 1997 Melanie Schurr)

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