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Thankfulness and Giving  

 Everyday that we wake up is a gift from God. How we choose to spend it is up to us. We can be thankful, or complain about it. We are not promised a new day, or night. Too often, people take for granted the "smaller" things in life to be thankful for. I am not talking about family and friends and food in your belly. Those are the normal, every year thankfulness gestures. Of course, we are all thankful and grateful to have these things in our life.

  I want you to stop a moment and think about something. Picture yourself driving down the road and you come to a stop sign. There is a homeless man standing on the side of the road with a sign "Please help, stranded and need food." What is the first thing that comes to your mind? I am sure most of you say, "He can work just like me" or maybe you say to yourself "I am not going to give him any money, he will just blow it on booze and drugs" Think about this, you should be so thankful to God that #1, that is not you standing there begging for food or money, #2, you have a vehicle that God allows you to drive every day to go back and forth to work and #3, instead of standing on the side of the road, cold and starving, you have a nice warm home and family to drive home to. Maybe he has no family to turn to, maybe he has no friends, or even worse, maybe he doesn't know God.  

 Thankfulness is an everyday thing for us. As we quickly approach this year's Thanksgiving holiday, take the time to really think about what you are so very thankful for. The little things like, the smile on your child's face when you tell her you love her, the warm inviting house that you are so lucky to have during these cold winter months, the car that starts on the first turn of the key so you won't be late for work, a loving spouse, a family pet, a comfy chair to sit in and re-coop after a long day's work, a bath for relaxation, a three year old that breaks into the bathroom and splashes you in the face right in the middle of that "relaxing bath." Yes, I am still thankful.  

I am so thankful and grateful for all of the "little things" and "BIG things" in my life. Sometimes we all take God's plan for our lives for granted. We forget that everything we do was planned and purposely put in our lives for a reason. The definition of the word Thankful is: feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative. I think that is a big part of God's plan. He wants us to not only be thankful and grateful for the things he allows in our lives, we should also express gratitude. When you see that smile on your child's face, give her an even bigger smile back followed with a hug, when you walk into the warm house, snuggle up with your spouse under a big comfy blanket. Take advantage of the little thinks in life that you have to be thankful for.  

Psalm 107:1 "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever."  


Comments (9)

Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
Realtor, Sussex County NJ

There are 1000 reasons to thank the Lord every day and we should thank him daily. He can take away everything he gave us in a heartbeat we should never take our blessings for granted

Nov 13, 2007 10:55 AM
Gary J. Rocks
Juba Team Realty - Jefferson Township, NJ


We are all very thankful for what the Lord provides and we need to remind ourselves daily and learn to appreciate all of gods gifts.

Nov 13, 2007 11:07 AM
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

Amen, Chris.......

Very nice post........

I for one have come to learn to NOT give money to the guy at the red light...I have seen them drink it, smoke it and snort it away...I would rather buy them some dinner...or lunch...and eat with them....

Then try to find out how to HELP them help themselves..... most of the time it is not hard...

BUT they have to WANT to help themselves.....

THAT is the key!!  =-)

Nov 13, 2007 12:00 PM
Christina Lane
Peoples Home Equity Chattanooga, TN - Chattanooga, TN


This is very true... and also a good way to witness to the unfortunate. I gave a homeless man a meal from McDonalds and my church bulletin once, I have never seen him at church, but I pray for him daily.

Nov 14, 2007 12:12 AM
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


Big or small....Happy or sad.....whatever you have it is from the Lord...and we need to be thankful for all He has deemed us worthy of.

Nov 14, 2007 02:48 AM
Sarah Eubanks
Hill Valley Financial Services - Oregon City, OR
Preferred Oregon Loan Consultant & Notary Public
Christina ~  Thank you for having a heart showing the compassion of God.  I like our friend, Mr. Harb, agree with his thoughts on the homeless.  I have done the same thing as he has.  God, however, can see the heart of that homeless person, and he can stir our hearts to bless those that he instructs us to bless.  We just need to listen and obey.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of your loved ones!
Nov 14, 2007 03:02 AM
Jeff and Lisa Sellers
The Sellers Realty Lubbock,TX - Lubbock, TX
We want to be thankful for all of our blessings.  Each day is a new day that will hold blessings and we want to be thankful for each of them.
Nov 14, 2007 05:14 AM
Chris and Maria Jeantet
Coldwell Banker C&C Properties - Redding, CA
Redding CA Real Estate Couple
Good post Christina!  God is truly in control of everything we do. This has to do with Romans 8:28 where everything works together for good to those who love the Lord.
Nov 15, 2007 05:04 AM
Earl Sorrells-Palmdale
Coldwell Banker Hartwig - Palmdale, CA
"The Pearl", Rosamond, Lancaster
Christna, I love this blog.  You have hit it right on the head.  It is to easy to become complacient with where we are and what we have.  We forget about where we have come to and from.  We start grumbling about what we don't have.  We focus on all our problems and never think that we could have it worse. God gives to us even when we aren't being grateful.  He loves us and knows what we need and supplies it.  We need to quit focusing on all the bad that is against us, and start being thankful to GOd for all we do have.  Be thankful for the job that we have.  It may not be the best job, our bosses may be jerks, the hours stink, my coworkers are horrible, etc...  At least we have a job.  To show God how thankful we really are, we need to be the best worker, no matter what.  Do everything to the best of our ability.  Thank him for the cars we have to drive and keep them looking clean and a good representation of Him.  Remember,how we take care of our cars, home, dress, yards, language, attitude, and gratitude is are a reflection on God and us.  Others are watching you at all times.  Even when they aren't, God is.  We want to be good stewards with all God has given.  A big part of this is showing, acting and being thankful to our Father.   
Nov 16, 2007 10:36 AM