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Summary: The Thanksgiving Holiday gives each of us the perfect opportunity to help transform lives that are only known for busyness… into lives that are known for thankfulness and compassion. God wants nothing more than for us to be a people of thanksgiving.

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On Thursday each of us will be gathering together with our friends and families.

And hopefully we will remember to do more than just sit down to eat a meal… yell at the T.V. while watching football or make a mad dash for the mall to catch the early sales.

The Thanksgiving Holiday gives each of us the perfect opportunity to help transform lives that are only known for busyness… into lives that are known for thankfulness and compassion.

God wants nothing more than for us to be a people of thanksgiving.

He desires for you to share a much needed story about thankfulness… with a world whose focus is centered on self-driven desire and personal fulfillment.

In…I Thess. 5:18…The Apostle Paul shares with us some important insight that each of us should share at our thanksgiving tables this coming Thursday.

So before we begin to devour our perfectly roasted Turkeys…and hams…we should remember and do what I Thess. 5:18 says.

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (How many of you noticed the saying on the Front of you bulletins today?)

Sometimes the circumstances of our lives are not the best.

In fact, for some of us…our circumstances may be downright bad, but still, we are to look for something to be thankful for!

And if you’re willing look hard enough and long enough…there is ALWAYS something positive you can be thankful for!

Reminds me of an illustration….- One morning after a terrible snowstorm, Susan was outside shoveling her driveway.

As she stopped to wave and say hello to her neighbor…he asked her why her husband wasn’t out there helping her with the shoveling.

She explained that one of them had to stay inside to take care of the children, so they decided to draw straws to see who would go out and shovel.

Her neighbor immediately replied…"Sorry about your bad luck,".

As Susan replied, "No need to be sorry... I won!" (Just have to look hard enough)

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With the holidays just around the corner…I thought it would be proper this morning to share with you four ….BENEFITS OF HAVING A THANKFUL SPIRIT during the holidays…

One might ask…Why is having a thankful spirit so important during the holidays?

Simply…because thankfulness is good for you.

Not failing to mention that more than likely you will be around friends and family who don’t know about Christ’s transforming power.

I always say that Christians should not be prideful but this is a time it’s OK to brag…when people hear what God has done for (you) their whole aspect on life can change…

The first Benefit of displaying a Thankful Spirit during the holidays is it will:

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INCREASE HAPPINESS.

Most people have been raised thinking that their happiness is somehow dependent on how well things are going for them.

But truth being told… our happiness is determined by our attitude.


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