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Thanks Giving

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You may have noticed that I separated those words, thanks and giving. To me, these two words truly describe what love is. Can you imagine waking up each morning with an attitude of gratitude and the first words that come out of your mouth are “Thanks”? Thanks for a new day. Thanks for a new opportunity. Thanks for freedom. Thanks for all the blessings. There are so many things to be thankful for. I don’t take it lightly when I say that each and every one of us are truly blessed. Count your blessings and name them one by one.

If you’re not doing this already, start each day with that special word “Thanks.” Verbalize it each day and even better than that, write down five things that you are thankful for. I have heard people say that happy people are thankful. The reality is that thankful people are happy. Choose each day to give thanks with a grateful heart. If you make the decision to do that, you’ll be amazed at how positive your attitude becomes.

The second word is “Giving.” Here are some truths. Selfish people are some of the unhappiest people you’ll ever meet. Everything is always about them and the reality is that they are never satisfied. Unfortunately, they put themselves first and everything else comes after that.

On the other hand, selfless people are the happiest and most peaceful people you will encounter. They put others ahead of themselves and truly enjoy the joys of giving. Givers are the type of people that others love to be around. They look for opportunities to bless others and at the same time receive many blessings themselves. They don’t do it for the blessings, though, they do it out of the goodness of their heart.

If people were to ask those closest to you if you were considered generous, how do you think they would respond? The reality is we are all under construction and have areas to improve.

Let me encourage you to become a generous and cheerful giver. I’m not just talking about money; I’m talking about your time, your service, and your overall attitude towards others. How exciting would it be if someone described you as the most generous person they have ever met. What an honor and privilege that would be. That is a true compliment.

Make the decision to do this on a daily basis. Get involved with a charity. Help out the less fortunate. I believe we are blessed to be a blessing to others.

As many of you know, I serve in a ministry called “Hands and Feet Foundation.” This is a ministry in which we reach out to the homeless and try to bless them through music and serving food, both spiritually and physically. I can honestly say that I receive more blessings by serving them than they do by receiving. It’s a true blessing to be able to serve and give.

Let’s make a commitment to celebrate Thanksgiving every single day. Take that word “Thanks” and start your day every day with an attitude of gratitude. Be a blessing to others, and be a person that enjoys “Giving.”

Give THANKS and love GIVING.

Happy Thanksgiving!

RICH NORTON

 

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