For several years I used a song to begin my daily radio program. It had a nice tune and the opening lyrics caught attention, “Thankfully, a song within my heart, thankfully a new life to impart.” Fade out, and here is Larry…
I often get to ruminating about the importance of practicing thankfulness as well as singing and writing about it. The old cliché talks about an “attitude of gratitude” and insisting that this attitude is important in living a satisfying life. The late Zig Ziglar said;
“Without gratitude, happiness is rare. With gratitude the odds for happiness go up dramatically.”
We get the idea that thankfulness is associated with abundance, yet this is not necessarily true. Years ago I read of a woman who lived in a tumble down shack, with a dirt floor, a piece of canvas stretched over the doorway, and old burlap bags where windows should be. A reporter from the city asked her, “Mrs. Smith what would you do if my paper awarded a prize of $50 dollars to you?” In a flash Mrs. Smith answered, “I would share it with the poor.”
Mrs. Smith was wealthy in spirit. Around the world it is observable that abundant life is really all about the spirit.
Romans 1:21, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” Ingratitude.
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