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A Funny Reminder to be Thankful!

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Several weeks ago, a dear friend sent me this story and the encouragement that follows. I repost it here, on Thanksgiving Day in hopes that it will encourage you.

Two old friends met each other on the street one day.  One looked forlorn, almost on the verge of tears.  His friend asked, “What has the world done to you, my old friend?”

The sad fellow said, “Let me tell you:  three weeks ago, my uncle died and left me forty thousand dollars.”

“That’s a lot of money.”

“But you see, two weeks ago, a cousin I never even knew died, and left me eighty-five thousand dollars, free and clear.”

“Sounds to me that you’ve been very blessed.”

“You don’t understand!” he interrupted.  “Last week my great-aunt passed away.  I inherited almost a quarter of a million from her.”

Now the man’s friend was really confused.  “Then, why do you look so glum?”

“This week . . . nothing!

That’s a problem with receiving something on a regular basis.  Even if it is a gift, we eventually come to expect it.  The natural tendency is that if we receive a gift long enough, we come to view it almost as an entitlement.  We feel hurt, even angry, if we don’t receive it any longer.

It is the same way with the blessings God gives us every day.  I don’t deserve my comfortable home that I live in, the beautiful scenery around me, the clean water I drink.  But after receiving these gifts (and a multitude of others) for years, I sometimes fail to be grateful.  I’ve come to expect these good things.  And when one of them is removed for a short time (like water or electricity or internet going down), I get upset.

Let’s make an effort today to recognize the blessing we’ve come to take for granted.  Focus on what we have rather than on what we don’t have, and see if it doesn’t improve our attitudes.

For a quick read from last year’s family trip for Thanksgiving, enjoy this story: Learning to Laugh With and At Each Other.

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for stopping by!

“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”  Psalm 107:8

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2 Comments

  • Thank you for posting that short story. It encouraged me to be more thankful and content with the things I have.

  • Wow what a story! Man what a reminder. I’ve been coming to a realization lately of just how blessed we (my wife and I) are. Even tho there’s so much we may want or strive for, we are so blessed, and it is all from God.

    Hey we’re actually working on building a resource library for youth leaders and youth pastors. I wanted to ask if you’d be interested in contributing any resources & joining the conversation.

    The new (growing) library is here:
    http://www.calledtoyouthministry.com/resources

    And you can contribute your own resource here:
    http://www.calledtoyouthministry.com/contribute

    Would love to see what you might share–even some of the posts you’ve written already would be perfect. Let me know. Blessings!


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