Being thankful

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Think a minute… During World War II, churches stayed open 24 hours a day so people could come to pray for their country and family members out on the battlefield. 

A caretaker in one of these churches noticed a boy who came to pray about 10 minutes every day. 

One day after several weeks, the boy came and stayed to pray even longer. 

The caretaker asked him why he was praying longer this time. The boy answered:  “Each day I came to ask God to bring my father home safely. This morning my dad came home, so I hurried here to thank God.”

Have you developed the habit of being thankful every day, no matter how things are going?  Always remember, there are many people with worse problems than yours. 

My friend’s son, Joshua, was born with a serious heart disease. 

Joshua has had several heart surgeries. He’s not been able to play sports because of his heart condition. 

But Joshua’s grandmother always taught him to be thankful. 

On days when Joshua was so sick he could not go to school, his grandmother told him: “Josh, just be thankful that you’re home and not in the hospital.”

Recently Joshua had another heart surgery, but this time the strong  medicine made him so sick he almost died. 

Joshua’s grandmother telephoned him in the hospital to very kindly and gently say:  “Josh, I love you and I’m praying for you. Be thankful you’re not in a coma.”  

You know that grandmother is right? No matter how bad our problems are, they could always be much worse. 

When’s the last time you counted all the good things you have:  whether it’s your family, friends, food to eat, clothes to wear, a roof over your head? Things that millions of people in the world do not have.

Usually, it’s only after we’ve gone through problems that we learn some of our most important lessons in life. There’s a song that says:  “If I’d never had a problem, I’d never know that He could solve them. 

I’d never know what faith in God could do.”  

So won’t you give your life to Jesus Christ today, and start trusting Him to take care of you no matter what happens? 

He’ll help you to see all the good things He’s given you—including answers to prayers you never even prayed.  

Just Think a Minute…

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