Happy Thanksgiving!

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As I sit here at my computer to write today’s blog, my heart is full.  I am thinking about all the wonderful people in my life and the incredible opportunities I have had to be a part of the tapestry of their lives.  My life is a colourful landscape, a kaleidoscope of rich blessings because of the gift of these relationships.   Not just my beloved family or the dear friends I have been privileged to know and love, but also the gift of being called by God to care for the broken and the lost – to witness his amazing and redemptive work of healing in their lives.  My cup is truly overflowing.

Today’s blog will be short as there’s turkey (and lobster!!) waiting for me, but I did want to take a few moments to celebrate our Canadian Thanksgiving.  Beyond the massive amounts of food I will ingest and the fun and laughter I will hopefully experience with my family and friends, Thanksgiving is an important reminder for me to focus on what is important.  It is a reminder to treasure the good gifts we have been given – not just because we “should” but because gratitude is a remarkable way to move us towards contentment in our lives.

I’m reading a book right now by psychologist, Martin E. P. Seligman, called Flourishwhich is full of research-based findings about the ways in which humans thrive.  I am reminded by Dr. Seligman that one of the key elements of human flourishing is gratitude.  It is one of the important elements that helps make life worth living, and even more, is an essential aspect of our well-being and happiness.  Studies have shown that optimism – which is rooted in a positive outlook, a thankful attitude for all the good things in our lives, plus a hope that everything will work out for the best – is linked to better health and even longevity.

So here’s to gratitude, happiness, good health and longevity!  And God bless all of you this Canadian Thanksgiving Day!

I’d like to end today’s blog with a quote from Sarah Young’s wonderful devotional Jesus Calling, which is written from the perspective of Jesus talking to us:

When many things seem to be going wrong, trust Me.  When your life feels increasingly out of control, thank Me.  These are supernatural responses, and they can lift you above your circumstances.  If you do what comes naturally in the face of difficulties, you may fall prey to negativism.  Even a few complaints can set you on a path that is a downward spiral, by darkening your perspective and mind-set…The lower you go, the faster you slide; but it is still possible to apply brakes.  Cry out to Me in My Name! Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel.  Thank Me for everything, though this seems unnatural – even irrational…If you choose supernatural responses at this time – trusting and thanking Me – you will experience My unfathomable Peace (Psalm 13:5; Ephesians 5:20).

 

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