GIVING THANKS CAN AFFECT YOUR DISPOSITION
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JESUS CHRIST wants to give you a "Faith Lift."
The starting point is found in the will of God. When we are
doing the will of God we are at our happiest. No time is more
joyous and fulfilling than the moments spent doing God's will.
I Thessalonians 5:18 expresses God's explicit will: "In
everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ
Jesus for you."
Simply stated, "It is God's will for you to have a thankful
disposition." What is your disposition? No, I don't mean what
do you wish it were. What is it? Are you by nature prone to be
optimistic or pessimistic, enthusiastic or depressed, an
encourager or a discourager, an appreciative person or an
ingrate, a critic or a constructive individual?
Dispositionally, how do people conceive of you?
Your very disposition can be changed by you resolving to begin
being a person who is expressive of appreciation; a person who
expresses thanks to God and people.
Our predecessors realized this and set aside a holiday called
Thanksgiving. Out of gratitude to God for His blessings, history
records they gathered with newly converted Indians to express
thanks to God.
Tragically, many modern American sociology textbooks have
rewritten history. One social studies text devotes 30 pages to
the Pilgrims, including the first Thanksgiving. Not one word
relates to the reality of the religious aspect of the event. The
text asserts the first Thanksgiving was when the Pilgrims
gathered with the Indians to thank the Indians for their help.
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