Saturday, June 9, 2012

Do You Know This Secret? by Janey Goude

I'm a glass-half-full kinda gal. I assume the best of people. When faced with a situation, I expect a positive outcome. 

But recently I had a disheartening epiphany: My optimism doesn’t necessarily translate into being a thankful person. 

When looking at my life, I tend to concentrate on what I don’t have. I gravitate to what is lacking rather than focus on blessings. 

I see a dishwasher with an annoying electrical short that causes me to have to open and shut it five times before the button catches and signals the machine to wash and dry my dishes.   

I complain about a pipe that leaks every time I summon fresh drinking water into the house. 
    Yet people from third world countries would regard my 1800 square-foot home a spacious palace filled with modern luxuries.

    Happiness is not found in what we have, but in our perception of what we have. 

    When we look at our lives through eyes of blessing, we open the door to thankfulness. 
    “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18) 
    God desires we give thanks because He wants us to know His secret: Joy comes from thankfulness.

    Please scroll down and watch a short video that will inspire you to gratefulness and concern for the rest of the world. Thanks!

    Janey Goude and her husband of twenty years homeschool their four children, ranging from elementary school to high school. She enjoys exploring God’s open doors in writing, editing, and collaboration. Read her blog: Community Advance.


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    1. Replies
      1. Laura,
        Glad you stopped by. Thanks for your encouragement.

    2. Loving it all. Thanks for the encouragement.

      1. Alene,
        Appreciate you stopping by and taking time to comment. Glad you were encouraged.

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      1. Thanks for taking time to comment, Denise.

    4. Thought provoking message! Thank you.

      1. Wendy,
        You're welcome. Appreciate you taking time to comment.
        Thank you for stopping by!

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    5. Thank you so much. I think about that a lot, especially how much (disgustingly much) more I have than some other people. Oh, and I think we have the same dishwasher. :)

      1. Mrs. Mordecai,
        You're welcome. Thanks for the laugh :-) Since this came out, that dishwasher button hasn't acted up once!


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