Gratitude Now!

The other day I was thinking about how wonderful it is that there is hope on the horizon for a return to some sort of normalcy of daily life. I thought about how, when society is able to participate again in activities like going out to eat unrestricted, or to the movies, or going out dancing, we’re going to truly appreciate the freedom of being able to do that again!  Most of us had probably taken those things for granted, because we had never been legally stopped from doing them before!  Imagine all the activities that were part of our daily lives…all the things that, at the moment are not available to us.  When we are able to plan large events, sing in choirs, visit folks in hospitals and nursing homes, shake hands and hug, wherever we want, whenever we want, without restriction again, only then will we truly and totally appreciate that freedom, and be so thankful for it! 

“I knew what I had when I had it, and I knew what I lost when I lost it.”  – a quote from Baxter Black’s mother after Baxter’s father had passed away.  A wise woman.

We know what we’ve lost…did we know what we had when we had it?  Anything, anybody, can be taken from us at any time for a variety of reasons.  How about today?  Do we know what we have today?  Can we make a mental list of what we have today to be grateful for? How about the loved ones in our lives? Our health, our pets, homes, jobs, a working car, food, electricity, running water?  How about your spiritual strength in these trying times?  How about our Heavenly Father and his son, our Savior, Jesus Christ?  

I started a ‘daily thankful group text’ with my kids and their spouses…we each state one simple thing each day that we are grateful for…it might be “Scriptures”, “Family”, “Sunshine”, “Comedies”, “technology so we can stay in touch and tell each other what we’re grateful for!”  It is a self-perpetuating thing…the more we look for, find and acknowledge things to be grateful for, the happier we are!  According to Healthline.com, “Scientific evidence suggests that being happy may have major benefits for your health. For starters, being happy promotes a healthy lifestyle. It may also help combat stress, boost your immune system, protect your heart and reduce pain. What’s more, it may even increase your life expectancy.https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/happiness-and-health#TOC_TITLE_HDR_10

“ Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing, In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

We don’t have to wait until the things we have lost are returned to us to appreciate them, just as we should all, always be grateful for all that we have, without having to lose it first!  Let us always be looking for all that we do have, and to be thankful today! 

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. “ – Philippians 4:11-13

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