Many of us have had the opportunity to live a life of favor that's blessed, a life where we have what we want, when we want it. Some of us had the opportunity to go far away for college, taking with us thousands of dollars to pay for tuition. And when it was time to get a job after graduating college, we applied and got our desired job within weeks – some even had offer letters before graduating. While following this path, we've become so accustomed to having all we want and rarely consider the possibility of lacking what we want.
Some girls had fun in college, but when it was time to marry, they found a man worthy to be called husband in every sense of the word. Likewise, some of us boys looked for that babe that knew very little of our past when we met her so that we could tell our own version of the story – maybe she lived in Indiana or Maryland or Tennessee while you were in Oklahoma or Texas. We've always had what we've wanted.
Through that lifestyle, we've rarely understood the need to be thankful. When people grow up being hungry at least a couple times a week and have to soak Gari daily, they become thankful for rice on Sundays. When some are born with congenital defects that only give them a short life span, they become thankful for a transplant surgery.
I want to encourage all to be thankful daily, starting from today. We don't have to wait for November to be thankful, nor do we have to wait for Christmas to express our gratitude to God. Not only do our thanks provide satisfaction to God but also it helps us receive from God our future heart desires. Being thankful is an act of appreciation for what we have and possibly what we do not have. Having something not by your own means but by the grace of God and his mercies over you is reason enough to be thankful; that's what thanksgiving is, that's what being thankful is. A thankful child today receives more than requested the next time he or she asks; that alone should encourage you to be thankful. I'm sure you want more out of life, so say thank you to God and receive the blessings deserving of an appreciative child today and onward. Best wishes, LB.