A $100 WORD!
I read about a poet whose writings had blessed many people for a long time. He was a very famous writer and made a great deal of money at his trade. A newspaper reporter came up to him once and said, “I just read that somebody calculated that the money you make from your writings amounts to over $100 a word.” The poet raised his eyebrows and said, “Really, I certainly wasn’t aware of that.” The reporter then reached into his pocket and pulled out a $100 bill and gave it to the poet and said, “Here’s a $100 bill. Now I want you give me one of your $100 words.” The poet looked at the $100 bill for a moment, took it and folded it up and put it in his pocket and said, “Thanks.”
“Thanks” is actually a word that is worth far more than that. “Thanks!” What at word! But it is a word that is too seldom heard. It is too rarely spoken or used only as a mere “token.” It is too often even forgotten. But we need to develop a habit of being “thankful” even after Thanksgiving Day is over. I know that we all are going to have some “down times” when we forget or neglect or find it difficult to be thankful or to say “thanks” and really mean it. But if we focus on being “thankful” in September or December like we do in November, just think what an effect it would have on our lives.
I am glad we live in a country that has a day of the year set aside to focus on “Thanksgiving.” I have heard about the NFL players, various religious groups, as well as others, who fed the hungry and display many other acts of kindness on “Thanksgiving Day.” This is all well and fine. But Christians need to display this attitude throughout the year. If every day were just like “Thanksgiving” what a wonderful world this would be. But how is this done? I will suggest a few points that I have heard or read over the years.
I. Choose to give thanks.
The thoughtful are thankful. Those who meditate will appreciate. We need to get a grip on gripes. We must learn to count our blessing, not our bruises. “When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost….count your many blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”
2. Change your focus from circumstances to Christ.
Regardless of how bad circumstances may be, God is still good to you and to me. We must learn to focus on that point. We need to practice refraining from complaining (which is not easy for any of us to do). Remember God is God when everything “fits together,” and God is God when everything “falls apart.” God knows everything before He starts anything. It is good to know that when times are hard…God is never “caught off guard.”
3. Consider the bright side.
We can look for the good. There is always something to be thankful for no matter how bad the situation may be. If it’s a bad day, then you can be thankful that every day is not a bad day. And most of us have heard about the man who complained about his shoes…until he met a man who had no feet.
4. Concentrate on God and His will.
God asks us to give thanks in advance — even before we see or know the circumstances or how they will turn out. Practicing giving thanks can help minimize the pain of a difficult experience. Remember, God is too wise to be mistaken. He loves us too much to be mean. And He is too powerful to be manipulated.
“Thanksgiving Day” in our country is coming up later this year. But the Bible teaches Christians to always be thankful. Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name (Hebrews 13:15).
Thanksgiving is not just a “Day” in the year with us, it is a “Way” of life for us because Jesus is so dear to us. We need to remember that “thanksgiving” is “thanksLIVING.”
By the way, “thanks” for reading (and recommending) our posts and “Closer Walk” devotionals. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).