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Keep an Attitude of Gratitude


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Peter Pan + Pumpkins = Peter Pie Pan

Corn + Turkey = Cob-ble, Cob-ble

Burglar + Turkey = Robble! Robble!

Dizzy Person + Turkey = Wobble Wobble

Orange Vegetable + Green Vegetable = Pumpkin Pea

GPS Device + Thanksgiving Dinner = Tom Tom Turkey

UFO + Thanksgiving Fruit = Cranberry Saucer

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I’m personally very ready for turkey.  I’m also ready for some down time.  Instead of writing a long article this week, I’m going to give you some quotes and phrases about Thanksgiving and  the attitude of gratefulness and a few thoughts of my own.  I know this, when we can do a good job of choosing the attitude of gratitude, we remember who’s world we live in, and how good He is to us.

 

  • Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God…  Deuteronomy 8:11-14
  • I’m thankful that my well being is not dependent upon what happens to me, but rather how faithful my God is. ~Author Unknown
  • He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. ~Epictetus
  • Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting. ~Author Unknown
  • To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it. ~Benjamin Franklin
  • Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live. ~Jackie Windspear
  • O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness! ~William Shakespeare
  • The earth is the Lord ’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it…Psalm 24:1

When we think of all we have, and realize that everything we have is from God, we should be compelled to be thankful.  Thankfulness is truly a chosen attitude.  When we forget, and claim success based on only our own efforts and work, we throw our hand to God and basically say, “I don’t need you.”  I’ve been there and done that.  What regret.  When ‘Ed’ acts like that, I hold onto a mindset that is limited only to my own little world.  And because of that I limit myself.  I carry the attitude that there is only so much of anything I need, and I need to work hard and fast for it.  When I get “it”…whatever “it” is…I then give myself the congrats because it was “me” who achieved.  That mindset also says that I can lose “it.”  I’m limited within my own strengths and weaknesses to gain or to keep or to lose.

 

However, if I keep the mindset that I am God’s child, and that my heavenly Father owns everything, then I have an attitude of abundance.  Everything around me is God’s and He shares it with me.  God is not limited.  If I need something…I said need and not want…God will provide as He sees fit.  And guess what, if appropriate, He blesses me with things and people and wants that I could have never expected nor obtained myself.  Now that doesn’t mean I get rich in cash…it just means that I’m rich in my mindset…I’m a child of the King.  So, rich or poor in the world’s eyes, I’m still blessed beyond measure.  The attitude of thanksgiving keeps me centered.  I have to choose it daily.

 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

ed

 

 

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