Thanksgiving is just around the corner... I consider this a truly "Christian" holiday, for the Lord Jesus has called us to be a "thankful" people! Sometimes it is all about our perspective and our attitudes towards life... do we see that glass half empty or half full? This is a little inspirational story that just might change your viewpoint on your own life and what you are thankful for... it did me!
One day a very wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country with the intention of showing his young boy how poor people live. The father arranged for him and his son to spend a few days at the farm... of what was considered a very poor family.
On the return from their trip... the father asked his boy, "How did you enjoy your few days on the farm son... did you learn anything? The young boy quickly replied... "It was great, Dad and I sure did!" The father went on to ask, "But, did you see how poor people live?"
"Oh yeah" said the young boy. "So, tell me son, what did you learn from our trip?" asked the father. The son thought for a moment and than began to answer, "I saw that we have one dog... but they have four!"
The boy continued: "We have a pool that takes up most of our yard and they have a yard with a creek... that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden, dad... but they have stars... I have never seen the stars shine so brightly, dad! Our patio reaches to the front yard, still they have the whole horizon that had no end... as far as I could see it."
The boy went on... "We have a very small piece of land on which we live... though their land... goes on forever! We have servants dad, yet I saw that they serve a lot of other people. And dad... we have to buy all our food... they just grow all of their food! We also have big walls around our property to protect us... still they have so many friends that protect them!"
The boy's father sat there driving speechless... when his son added one last thought, "Thanks Dad... for showing me how poor we really are!"
Isn't our mindset and frame of reference a wonderful thing? Sometimes... being poor gives us better sight... or should I say 'insight!' Makes you think about what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have... instead of worrying about what we don't have!
Take a moment... think about ALL that you do have... then look beyond what you have... to those who are not as blessed. I have a feeling you might find that, "Praising the Lord"... may come a little easier!