“I am discovering the pursuit of thankfulness is more powerful than the pursuit of happiness.”
Too many times we approach life thinking happiness and fulfillment are dependent upon relationships and circumstances. When these fail, we can fall prey to…‘get even,’ ‘defend yourself,’ ‘don’t forgive, they don’t deserve it,’ ‘I will be happier someplace else,’ or ‘I will be happier with someone else.’
We can easily end up frustrated in life and in some cases bitter. Would you agree with this statement?
The more we look at life through the lens of Thanksgiving, the more likely we are to see and experience what is truly intended for us.
Here is a principle that is worth reflection…
We are to be thankful even though circumstances may not be what they should be.
A couple of quick thoughts on how we can be truly thankful:
Look Up for Perspective
Too much time in life is spent looking down (woe is me), looking around (it’s their fault) instead of looking up to ‘things above’ to gain the right perspective.
Look Around for a Blessing
During the Thanksgiving and holiday season, there is normally plenty of thanks, but what about the giving? Who will we reach out to this holiday season? I encourage all of us to look around for someone to help so that we may experience ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Here’s an interesting perspective a man named Habakkuk had centuries ago…
I’m convinced that we will never develop an attitude of gratitude as long as we depend upon circumstances in life to determine our happiness and level of thankfulness. The secret to genuine joy and being truly thankful is found in the condition of our hearts regardless of circumstances. Joy and thankfulness originate internally not externally.
There was a missionary in Africa holding a thanksgiving service and he was asking for favorite hymn/song requests from the congregation and they would sing them etc. Toward the end of the service there was lady in the back who held up her hand which obviously had leprosy. She poked her head out and you could see she had leprosy on her face and most likely over her body. The missionary asked her,’ what would you like to sing?’ She replied, “Count Your Blessings.”
Let’s count our blessings one by one, then we will see that we can be Truly Thankful.