“A Grateful Person”

This Weeks Meditation:  “A Grateful Person”
Read: Psalm 100

The story is told about a man who found a barn where Satan kept his seeds ready to be sown in the human heart.  He found that the seeds of discouragement were more numerous than the others and he learned that those seeds could be made to grow almost anywhere.

But when Satan was questioned, he reluctantly admitted that there was one place in which he could never get them to thrive.  “And where is that?” asked the man.  Satan replied sadly, “In the heart of a grateful person.”

We all know that Thanksgiving is a time that we come together with family and friends to give thanks, eat too much, and watch football.  We also know that thanksgiving is something that we should celebrate continuously throughout the year and not just for one week.

That is how a grateful person is defined.  As someone who can take the challenges and the celebrations of life and still be grateful to God for what is given to them.  I admire those people who face some of the most difficult struggles we can imagine and yet they say, “I’m thankful that God has given me…”

I truly believe that a grateful heart does make it hard for Satan to sow seeds of discouragement into our lives.  If he can’t find the soil to make it grow, that discouragement will just die before it ever takes root in our lives.

My prayer on this week of Thanksgiving is that each of us can be grateful for the life, hope, love, and encouragement that Jesus Christ brings to our lives.  Celebrate that with your family and tell them how grateful you are that God has blessed you by putting them in your life.

Make it personal:  As you wake up tomorrow on Thanksgiving day spend some time in prayer with God, thanking Him for the many things you have to be grateful for.  Be careful, you might miss Thanksgiving dinner because the list will be long.

Have a great Thanksgiving,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church