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If you are in the United States, you know that this week is Thanksgiving week. As with any holiday, this can be a time of joy, it can be a time of sadness if you’re navigating it this year without a loved one, or if you were like my family growing up, it can be a time of chaos. With us, any time we get extended family together, you just never know what to expect.
However, whether you are in the United States celebrating thanksgiving or even if you’re not, I want to encourage you this week to take time to do two things…one, take time to breathe. So many times we are running nonstop that we forget to take time to breathe…to pull back and just be with God. Turn on some praise music and just worship. Our God is so good.
The second thing I want to encourage you to do this week is to find things you can be thankful for. I was talking to a couple of my friends not too long ago about why people get discouraged or why they even turn their backs on God and this is one of the biggest things we discovered, that they forgot to be thankful.
In a culture that seems to be bent so much on being negative…like you won’t fit in unless your sarcastic or negative…sometimes it’s hard to choose to be thankful.
Think about it, if I asked you to name 10 things that annoy you. How easy would it be for you to come up with them? Most of you could probably come up with all 10 in less than 60 seconds…some of you maybe even less that 30 seconds.
Now, if I asked you to name 10 things that you are thankful for, how easy would it be to come up with them. For many of you, you may come up with about 3 things in 60 seconds.
Why is that….it’s because we have gotten so used to hearing people complain…and maybe we’ve gotten used to complaining ourselves.
I read about a research study that was done recently that said that when we choose to focus on complaining, we actually rewire our brains to continue to thing negatively. It also said that people who complain are more frustrated, more anxious, more depressed and deal with more anger issues than those who don’t complain. Ouch!
That’s why it can be a habit that is super hard to break! But it’s not impossible! The same is true for the opposite, choosing to be thankful. When we intentionally choose to be thankful, even for the small things…especially for the small things…we then rewire our brain to think more positively. Then guess what…the frustration, the anxiety, the depression, the anger doesn’t want to stick around anymore because we aren’t feeding it what it wants.
It’s not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy.