So many times we have more to do in one day than can be done. It's easy to get in a hurry and forget to be present where you are, and with the people closest to you.
In John chapter 4, you read about Jesus and the woman at the well. Jesus had three years to complete his entire ministry on earth, yet he traversed out of his way to go through Samaria specifically for this divine encounter. He slowed down, and changed a woman's life forever. This trickled out and impacted an entire city.
I encourage us all to walk through crowds slowly, ask people how they are doing and genuinely wait for an answer, smile at strangers, and turn our electronics off regularly to be with our loved ones. This is just some of the little things that make a big difference to others.
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." Melody Beattie
As Thanksgiving approaches, we tend to more openly express things that we are thankful for. When in fact, we should be thankful on a daily basis. We often times get caught up in satan’s way of making us believe that we are not blessed or have no reason to praise our heavenly father. It is during these times that we should be thankful the most. As we awaken each day we should remember to live each day with a grateful heart. We are able to get up and go to a job and be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Psalm 128:2 (NIV) You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.