Be thankful every day

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The prayer that God hears most often is “HELP!” Help me get through this; help me get well; help me with my finances; help me with my relationships, etc. Most of our prayer life is asking for something. I imagine we can chalk that up to being human.

As children, we spent more time and energy asking our earthly fathers for something we wanted and spent little time giving thanks when our request was granted. That behavior is extended into our spiritual life.

We are quick to ask our Heavenly Father for things we need (and don’t need) that are out of our control.

The prayer God hears the least is “Thanks!”

Last week, I was talking to a group, and the subject of Thanksgiving came up. I said that even the federal government (which we resent getting into our personal lives) has to tell us when to be thankful. That’s why we have Thanksgiving Day.

Think about it. One day out of 365 we are encouraged to give thanks to our Heavenly Father.

I’m guilty, as most people are, of always asking for help but being slow to give thanks.

As I was writing this article, I reflected on the many things for which I am thankful – my

wife of 53 years, four unselfish children, 15 healthy grandchildren and four exciting great-grandchildren, with three more coming within the next six months. I am blessed to live in a free country with friends that God has put in my life. I am grateful for God’s ministry of “Get High on Life” that He allows me and my family to be involved in. I am even thankful for every trial that I’ve been through but most importantly for God being with me in my darkest hours.

Writing this article has made me more conscious of the many things I should be thankful for, not only on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of the year.

As I close this message, God reminded me that it was written for me more than anyone else. For that I am grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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