It always seems when the temperature becomes cooler we see all the signs of “being thankful”, especially in all the stores. I know that change in the weather can dictate a change in the season but this year, for some reason, this illuminated within me: “thankfulness is not a season, it’s a lifestyle”. Let me tell you why.
At work, we had an older gentleman that resigned to take care of family needs. He had been in his position longer than the average employee and had a stellar reputation. As he prepared to leave, loads of friends wanted to be sure they wished him well and convey how much he’d be missed. He was so overcome with emotion that he broke down and literally cried. He said “I didn’t know I was so loved here”.
People cherished knowing him because he was truly thankful for being able to work where he worked and thankful for who he worked with. He showed it in his attitude and how he spoke. In our final discussion on his last day, he shared with me that he was recently able to buy a house and was overwhelmed with thankfulness because the realtor had “thrown in” lots of extras. He was blessed with the fulfillment of his desires and blessed with friendships (I believe) because he was thankful. Every day he showed it and spoke it.
I believe that the Word of God teaches us this principle. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 AMP “in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. Proverbs 27:9(b) in the Message translation says “a sweet friendship refreshes the soul”. My coworker taught many people this principle without even knowing it.
As an evening student with Impact, I am extremely thankful to have the opportunity to attend on Tuesday nights. I love it and cannot imagine not being a part of Impact University. The friendships and educational experiences are priceless.
Let me challenge all of us with the following:
What if we woke up today with only the relationships and things we were thankful for yesterday, would it change how we lived today?
Blog by: Debra Jordan