ThanksLIVING; The Art of Living a Thankful Life

I really think that Thanksgiving should be 365 days a year.  When we try to pack it all into one day, or even one week, we wind up being anything but thankful.  There is the stress of preparing obscene amounts of food (and then stuffing ourselves with it) getting ready for family, or traveling to be with family, hurrying to get everything done so we can dedicate the day to gorging ourselves on food n football.  Why don't we just dedicate ourselves to living a thanksFILLED lifestyle.  Paul had the idea when he penned in two of his epistles, (Eph. 5:20 "giving thanks always FOR everything to 
God the Father") and (1 Thess. 5:18 "Give thanks IN everything for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.")  We find him mentioning in other places how is always giving thanks for the people in his life.  We should not only thank the Father for those He has placed in our lives, but we should thank them as well.
None of us got to where we are all alone.  There are numerous people who have helped us, prayed for us and invested in us.  Sit down sometime and make a list of all the people who have enriched your life.  Then make it your purpose to reciprocate in kind toward them and toward others (paying it forward).  Start each day with a prayer like this, "Dear Lord, open my eyes today so that I may see all that I have for which to be thankful."

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