Message From the Pastor


GRATITUDE
Gives Us Meaning & Holds the World Together

 

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude -Denis Waitley

Can you uncover things every day for which you are grateful?
How does a lifestyle of thankfulness produce healing? How do we
express appreciation even when things are not going like we have
hoped and planned?

Gratitude scripture reading: Psalm 100:3-5 3 Know that the LORD is
God. It is he that made us, and we are his, we are his people, and the
sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts
with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. 5 For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.


Several years ago a national news program talked about a scientific survey that a group of researchers undertook to find out what enabled people to live to be 100 or more years old.

• 50 people whom had lived more than 100 years

• Sought to discover the Common threads that brought about full/satisfying/abundant lives.

• Began to look for similarities in diet/life habits/exercise and lifestyles

• Some people in the study group had good diets but not all

• Some exercised regularly but not all

• Other areas were found to be the same but not all

But in the end they found two things that were consistent among over 90% of the study group behaviors.

1. Nine out of ten woke up every morning with an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness for having one more day in which to live
2. They all stated that life was too short to hold grudges or to spend time complaining-forgave quickly and refused to dwell on negative thoughts.

A grateful person does not wait for things to go the way they want them to happen before they are thankful. Gratitude in all things and finding things even in the presence of pain and difficulty to say thank you for enables God to work in your life and in the world to make things happen for you.

Blessings
Pastor Bill