An Attitude of Gratitude.

1Th5.18

So often when preaching on a topic I find myself having to really live it out in the weeks before… This Sunday my wife & I are both preaching on giving thanks in ALL situations, and in the last 10 days the following has happened:

  • I have broken my foot, requiring painful surgery.
  • I’ve had to cough up over R15 000 ($1000) in unexpected car issues.
  • Our cat was hit by a car and badly injured.
  • My wife’s laptop was stolen.
  • Our whole family got a bad gastro bug (I’ll spare you the details!)
  • Plus two fairly devastating work incidents that I can’t mention.

And yet…

To be honest I am feeling GRATEFUL, because there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. I am thankful for:

  • The fact that we have cars.
  • That our cat survived.
  • Medical Aid that covers most of my surgery.
  • Insurance that enables us to replace the laptop.
  • Our usually very healthy family.
  • My job.

This is what I’m learning:

It’s not happy people who are thankful. It’s thankful people who are happy.

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8 Comments on “An Attitude of Gratitude.

  1. Dear Tom

    I tried to comment on your blog post but seem to have forgotten my password. I just wish to thank you for this article. I love the way you turn your calamities around by changing your perception to one of gratitude for the blessings which you have. It is a powerful reminder when we get stuck in ‘lack’, and a great slogan: Thankful people are happy people.

    Thank you for the post. Regards Beth Hunt

  2. Oh my, such events! May God reach out to you in blessings for the way you are handling it. Thankfully there were good points to take away from it. May your mending and that of your cats go well, and sorry for the loss of all that was on that laptop.

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  4. Thanks for another uplifting message. Well stated! I wanted to re-post it and ended up doing it manually, with full attribution. Happy thanksgiving.

    Jim in NC, USA

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