Thankfulness begins in the heart

One thing this year should have taught all of us, is that we should be thankful all of the time. Yes, we have one day a year set aside as Thanksgiving to recognize the Pilgrims getting through that first year and sharing the autumn harvest with the Indians.
However, we should be thankful every single day that God wakes us up. Being thankful every day can change your life in a good way. It improves your mental attitude and when it becomes a habit, your life will be more peaceful and happy. Thankfulness begins in the heart.
Even when we wake up on a Monday and not especially looking forward to a work day, e thankful you have something to do that day can only be done by you.
A thankful heart has no place for resentment, arrogance, anger or jealousy. Most people who always express genuine thankfulness have a pleasant and amiable personality. When thankfulness is accompanied by words of praise, relationships thrive.
But how many of us truly remember to express thankfulness? In the daily busyness of life, we often forget to thank those around us — neighbors, teachers, our parents, those who serve us each day as well as our friends.
It’s not merely saying thank you, it should reflect a deep humility and love that we feel towards one another. Saying thank you is just the beginning. You should also give back in any way possible for you.
I’m so very thankful to God for forgiving me all those years ago and that He continually is working on me, as I strive to become better each day.
I am thankful for parents, who taught me to be thankful for things. I’m thankful I had my dad as long as I did. I’m thankful for the children God gave me and though I was not perfect, my children are good people.
I’m thankful for being in this business all these years and for the people I’ve met through all of it. I’m thankful the Georgia Post is still here when many other community newspapers have gone under. God continues to bless us even through all of the craziness of this year. Thank you Jesus!
I’m truly thankful for our postmaster who goes above and beyond for us. He is one of the best postmasters we’ve ever had. Thank you Bryan.
I’m thankful Robby Robertson has hung in here with us as long as he has, delivering the newspapers for us and his wife, Laverne who has stood in for him. Pray for Robby. He has decided it’s time to leave us due to his illness and though we are saddened, we understand. We will miss him and Laverne. They have been faithful and I would trust them with my life. I have never had to worry about newspaper delivery or the money involved and that has not always been the case.
I’m thankful for my Bible study ladies who not only learn with me but correct me or help me adjust my attitude when needed. These ladies are true warriors.
I’m thankful for my employees. Some weeks are hectic, some weeks not so much but we keep it together and do whatever needs to get done without being really stressed. Thanks Kristi and Katelyn.
I’m thankful for the people in each community, who step up and make a difference. There are people who are talented and genuinely care about the community in which they live.
Roberta has a good mayor with a good heart and we are proud to call him our friend as well. Crawford has a good superintendent of school who cares as well. I can assure you that is not the case in many school systems, as some are in it only biding their time until retirement. I’ve witnessed that over the years.
Patti at the chamber goes above and beyond and has worked hard to get businesses to come downtown. That work is starting to pay off and we are thankful.
We have many wonderful elected officials in Crawford and Peach who go above and beyond as well. We appreciate those who are always transparent and answer our questions without hesitation. There are also many wonderful employees who work with them. We are thankful to each person who has a job to do and does it with a grateful heart and are always kind to the people they deal with daily.
People who serve on committees and boards year after year have a special place in my heart. I’ve been there, done that and know how thankless a job it is. However, no one does it for a pat on the back. They usually do it to serve their community and hopefully to make a difference at that level.
Thankfulness is not about more, it’s actually usually about less. Having more does not make you more thankful; it usually just leaves you wanting more and more. Until you learn how to be content with what you have and where you are, you won’t be satisfied with more. We first have to realize who we are in Christ and that He is in control and we are His children before we can truly be content.
Many states are canceling Thanksgiving. How foolish to think they can actually do that! Thanksgiving begins in the heart and the government or government mandates cannot take it away from you, just as they cannot stop you from praying.
After all we’ve been through this year, those people who let the government tell them they can’t see family members, or not to have friends and family at Thanksgiving, are setting themselves up for failure. I don’t believe people in the end will stand for it. If they do I guess they deserve to be told what to do by the government. I’m actually more afraid of losing freedom than I am anything else. But, however, God is still in control and that’s where all of my hope is.
This Thanksgiving I wish you all the best and thank you for any part you play in being on this journey with me and the newspaper.
I’m thankful I finally got my first devotional published and you can email at the address below for information on come by the office in Roberta for a copy. It’s entitled Day at a time with God, coming from the title of my column. I will have another one coming out next year and am still working on my book about my journalistic journey and columns from over the years. It’s slow go since I work on them late at night but I keep plugging along and I’m thankful God allows me to do just that.
As you gather with family or friends or if you are just by yourself, remember to count your blessings. As the song says, name them one by one and you will see what God has done. In reality, all of us have so much more for which to be grateful than we can imagine. Happy Thanksgiving. ©2020

VICTORIA SIMMONS Is a columnist, author, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: vsimmons54@gmail.com

About vsimmons54

Veteran journalist of 40 years. Editor, Motivational Speaker, Ordained Minister, CEO of A Light in the Darkness Ministries, Copy Editor, Copywriting, Event Planner, Lensclusive Photography, Babbling Brook Consulting and Design, event planner and author. I love to write and speak and I love Jesus. I also do copy writing and editing. Recently co-authored Vanished Towns Revisited.
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