Hello everyone!

Having an attitude of gratitude is such an important part of living a happy and fulfilling life. An attitude of gratitude is all about being thankful and showing our appreciation. And as we quickly approach the month of Thanksgiving, I thought it would be appropriate to share three reasons to be grateful.

1. We should be grateful for the meaningful relationships in our life. There are no perfect relationships. But just because our relationships have their flaws, it doesn’t mean they are not invaluable and a tremendous blessing in our lives. Whether we are referring to our spouse, children, parents, extended family, close friends, or co-workers, we should always be grateful for the opportunity to share life’s experiences with the people we love and cherish the most. I like the way the Apostle Paul describes it in Philippians 1:3, "I thank my God every time I remember you." During the month of Thanksgiving let’s remember to be grateful for the meaningful relationships in our lives.

2. We should be grateful in the challenges we face. I am not suggesting that we be thankful for difficult days, but rather to choose to keep an attitude of gratitude even when going through challenging times. I was once told, "All sunshine and no rain will create a desert." I have also learned over the years that it takes the right amount of rain to make things grow. Friends, I truly believe that when we face challenging times with the right attitude, we build strong character and continue to develop our Christian faith. The Bible says it best in 1Thessalonians 5:18, "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." Even during life’s most difficult moments, there is always a reason to be thankful!

3. We should be grateful to the God of our salvation. Always remember, every blessing we have comes from our God. And like any good father, God wants his children to develop an attitude of gratitude for all of the blessings, opportunities, and second chances we have received. We should thank Him for salvation full and free. We should thank Him for sending Jesus to die for the sins of the world. We should thank Him for life, the ability to reason, and for giving us another opportunity to improve our lives. Psalm 105:1 states, "Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make know His deeds among the people." We most definitely should be grateful to our God every day.

As the month of Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I challenge you to display an attitude of gratitude. I want to encourage you to find a reason, each day in the month of November to be grateful. Always remember, even in the worst of times, if you look hard enough, there is always a reason to be grateful. I leave you with the words found in Colossians 3:15 "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." Blessings!!!