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 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:

be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

- Psalm 100:4 KJV


"Gratitude is a Choice."
November 23, 2023

Good morning, Brothers and Sisters! I'd like to take this moment on this beautiful Thursday morning,

to talk about the importance of giving thanks and how to truly make it a part of our lives. 

I recently heard a story that speaks to the importance of thanksgiving that I wanted to share with you this morning. A rich man was walking through a park and came across a beggar who asked him for some change. The rich man replied, "Sorry, I don't have anything to spare." The beggar replied, "That's okay, I just wanted to thank you for being so kind."   

This story speaks to the power of gratitude and how it can transform the way we look at life. As Christians, we are called to give thanks not only to God, but also to each other and to ourselves. We are all blessed with various gifts and talents, and it's important to take the time to appreciate them and be thankful for what we have. 

The Bible is full of verses that remind us to be thankful, such as Psalm 100:4: “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.” Or Colossians 3:15: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” 

It's important to note that being thankful is not just about counting our blessings, but it's also about recognizing our own shortcomings and failures. It's essential for us to recognize our weaknesses as well as our strengths and be thankful for both. This can help us become more self-aware and humbler, which in turn can help us become better people. 

We can also be thankful for those who are struggling around us, even if we don't know them personally. We can pray for them, donate money or resources to help them, or simply show them love and kindness. This is one of the most powerful ways we can express our gratitude. 

Finally, it's important for us to remember that being thankful is not just something we do once a year on Thanksgiving. It's something we should practice every day of our lives. We must make gratitude a part of our daily routine, so that it becomes a part of who we are and how we live our lives.

Brothers and Sisters this Thanksgiving, let us remember to give thanks not only for what we have, but also for what we have yet to receive. Let's be thankful for the challenges we face, the opportunities that come our way, and the people who support us along the way. Let us remember that true thanksgiving comes from the heart and not from what we have or don't have. 

Let us never forget: Gratitude is a choice - choose it today and every day!

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