Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Be A Cheerful Giver

Edward Sanford Martin has said “Thanksgiving Day comes by statute once a year. To the honest man [or woman] it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”

Though occasional days of thanksgiving were pronounced in the early days of our country, it was not until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day a National Holiday. At this time of year and particularly on Thanksgiving Day, we are reminded to offer our gratitude to the Lord, as well as to our family, friends and neighbors. As citizens of this great nation we have a rich heritage we can appreciate and be thankful for.
We have been taught that we are to Love God and we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. How can we Love God, and how can we love our neighbor if we do not have the humility to show gratitude to them.
The first reason it is important to show gratitude is that it shows our humility before the Lord and our love of Him. Like the healed Samaritan who returned to “Glorify God” and offer thanksgiving, we too can acknowledge the greatness of God by offering our gratitude directly through prayer, as well as indirectly by serving and being grateful to others.
The 2nd reason we show gratitude is to show love for our neighbors.Acts of gratitude may be simple, but they are also powerful. A story is told of a grown man who had his memory pricked concerning a favorite teacher from grade school. He made the effort to locate this teacher and wrote her a brief note, offering his thanks for her teaching and care. The man later received a letter back from this elderly teacher, overcome by the note of thanksgiving she received. She explained that in all of her years of teaching, his note of gratitude was the first she had ever received. The simple note became a treasure to her.I believe as we show gratitude to others, our words and deeds of thanksgiving also praise God.
As we love our neighbor we love our God. As we thank our neighbor, we thank our God and we are keeping the two great commandments.
“Whatever language is spoken, “Thank you”, frequently expressed will cheer your spirit, broaden your friendships, and lift your lives to a higher pathway.” Thomas S. Monson
Offering a simple thank you is easy to do and can have a tremendous impact on both the giver and the receiver.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
When we give repeatedly, we become a cheerful giver. When we are stingy in giving, the rare times that we do give become more of a struggle and we are less cheerful in giving. When we give our thanks and gratitude we are also giving a touch of joy and happiness. As we practice and make a habit out of showing gratitude to others we become cheerful givers.

We have so much to be thankful for. As we offer sincere gratitude we please the Lord and we are blessed with great joy and happiness. We can share that joy with others. Let us be cheerful givers of gratitude to the Lord and our neighbors.

I'm sorry this blogpost wasn't about writing, but showing gratitude impacts every facet of our lives, including writing, marketing and building meaningful relationships.
Please take a moment to comment about one simple thing you are grateful for.


Steve said...

I am thankful for a fireplace that keeps the house toasty and provides some light on cold dark nights when the power goes out.

Michael Knudsen said...

I am grateful to live in a country where I have the freedom to express myself and make my voice heard in our political system.

Tina Scott, the writing artist said...

I'm thankful for my family, and for my family of writer friends.

flsongbyrd said...

What isn't there to be thankful for? I am thankful for a daughter who has been rebaptized this year. I am thankful for a grandson who was ordained a teacher and for a grandson who was baptized, for a brand new granddaughter, for a husband who will shortly be rebaptized, for the true church and for my testimony and for a loving family and Bishop who supports me. For a Heavenly Father who hears and answers prayers and loves me unconditionally and for parents who raised me up in the paths of rightousness and for the trials and tribulations that have made my weeknesses strengths.

JoAnn Arnold said...

I'm grateful for children, grandchildren, the Gospel,love, laughter, trials that make us stronger, our freedom, etc. Oh, the list goes on and on.

Thank you for reminding me to think about the blessing of gratefulness

Vicki said...

I am thankful for good friends and family. I am thankful for my life. I am thankful for so much, it's hard to list everything!

Rebecca Talley said...

I have received notes of thanks from YW I've taught over the years and I treasure them.

I am thankful for the restoration of the gorpel, my family, and the opportunity I have to write and publish books.