November 2015

FROM THE MINISTER'S DESK

AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

The summer has slipped away and warm sunny days have been replaced with the golden light of Autumn. The lush summer green of the trees is being replaced by the rich golds, reds and russets of changing leaves. These changes announce a shift in the weather and remind us that soon we will have the opportunity to join with friends and family in a celebration of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving – a feast of gratitude. But Thanksgiving is more than a day, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that can have a positive impact on many aspects of our lives. This year as Thanksgiving draws closer reflect on the various ways that developing an attitude of gratitude can change our hearts and minds. Let us see if we can make Thanksgiving last all year long.

  •  It’s often said that whatever you focus on grows larger. That’s true for fears, hopes, dreams, offenses – and blessings. Gratitude focuses so closely on the good that the bad can become almost unnoticeable.
  • Gratitude shifts your perspective. It makes you realize the glass isn’t half-empty. In most cases, it’s actually more than 90 percent full. If you don't think it is, you might need to focus more on what you're thankful for.
  • Thankfulness is healthy. People who are continually grateful are generally in better health than those who aren’t. Conversely, complaining (the opposite of thankfulness) is at least as unhealthy as having a poor diet. The difference in physical symptoms between thankful people and bitter people is startling.
  • Thankfulness is a strong anti-depressant. Sometimes simply stating your gratitude out loud – even just two or things you’re grateful for, no matter how small – can change your mood for the rest of the day.
  • Gratitude is a powerful prayer. You get more from God by thanking him than by begging him. And thanking him in advance for something he has promised but not yet given is a profound statement of faith.
  • Thankfulness is an act of humility. You’re acknowledging that you’re dependent, not self-sufficient. And God is drawn to humble hearts.

With a Grateful Heart,
Pastor Teresa