It Is Good to Be Thankful: Appreciation makes the world a better place…
A new year has arrived and I say, “Off with the old and on with the new.” Let’s face it! The last couple of years have been challenging. COVID has changed the face of society and possibly created a new norm. If that’s true, we will have to adjust or be continually swallowed by depression and despair. To avoid this, we can find things to be thankful for, regardless of our circumstances. Hmm? I think there is a scripture about that.
“Give thanks in all circumstances…” ~ I Thessalonians 5:18
Notice that it says give thanks in all circumstances, not for all circumstances. In other words, we can always find something to be thankful for regardless of our circumstances. Thankfulness is not just the result of having a good day. It needn’t be tied to how we feel. No matter how bad things are, there is always something to be thankful for. Developing an attitude of gratitude comes from continual practice. Practice requires a certain discipline. It doesn’t come naturally—at least not to me.
However, it is worth the effort. Research shows that gratitude doesn’t just make you feel like a better person; it is actually good for your health. Gratitude can lower blood pressure, improve the immune system, and provide better sleep. Grateful people have less depression and fatigue.
With that in mind, I have decided to make my 2022 blog theme about being thankful. It will be filled with random things for which I give thanks. Some may seem trivial, but if we can’t learn to be thankful for small things, it’s likely we won’t appreciate the bigger stuff either.
Let me start by saying I’m thankful for YOU! Writers will write, but it is much more gratifying to have someone read what they’ve written.
Thank you for joining my thankfulness trek—a journey we can share together. Hopefully my thoughts will generate some ideas of things you may be thankful for. If so, don’t forget to let God know—because it is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord!
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord...” ~ Psalms 92:1 (KJV)