Every day I am reminded that gratefulness is not widespread in our society. Instead of the beauty of being grateful, there is the push for more. Nothing is ever “good enough” or new enough. The world seems to want more of everything rather being content with what they have.

I remember a large, framed saying on the wall of a rescue mission that said “Happiness is not having what you want, but being content with what you have.”

Even as Christ followers, that old ungrateful spirit creeps in to our thinking on occasion. Instead of savoring time together with family and being grateful for their presence, we often concentrate on their flaws. Instead of contentment with what we have, we concentrate on what we lack. Our human default setting is not gratefulness, is it?

How good to serve a God who desires to transform us into His own image so we can know the joy of being grateful. I am glad for the reminder in I Timothy 6:6-7 that says “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

During this season of Thanksgiving as well as all the other days, I want to be remembering the little chorus that says:

“More of you, more of you,
I’ve had all, but what I need is more of You.
Of things I’ve had my fill
And yet I hunger still
Empty and bare, Lord here my prayer
For more of you.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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