Fairview Presbyterian Church Be Thankful

Fairview Presbyterian Church Be Thankful

Be Thankful ForAll That You Have

This time of year, it's good to take stock of our blessings and be thankful for them. As Americans, one of our biggest blessings is our freedom. We are free to come and go, free to speak our minds, free to cast our votes, free to belong or not belong, free to worship in whatever way we choose or not worship at all. We are free to be ourselves.

When you find yourself focusing on negative things or what you don't have, you can improve your mood right away by counting your blessings and being thankful for them. Here are some more reasons to be thankful for what we do have:

Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight, remember the homeless person who has no bed.

Should you find yourself stuck in traffic, don't despair. For many people in this world, driving is an unheard-of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work, think of the people who are newly unemployed and those who have been out of work for years.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits, working 12 hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance, think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient undergoing chemo-therapy who'd gladly have hair, gray or otherwise, to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what life is all about, asking, "What is my pur-pose?" Be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity to ask that question.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecuri-ties, remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them.

During this special Thanksgiving season, when we celebrate our hard-won American freedom, let's not take our country, or the people who live here, for granted - nor the strength displayed when we form a united front. Let's count our blessings and be truly thankful.