Monday, November 22, 2010

The Secret to Being Thankful

Bill Gates, the CEO of Microsoft, once spoke at a convention in Seattle. At the time Gates was the richest man in America with a personal worth of $35 billion. At the end of his speech, he allowed the audience to ask him questions. One man asked, "Mr. Gates, if you were blind, would you trade all your money to have you sight restored?" Gates replied, "If I were blind, yes, I would give up all my money to receive my sight." He put a $35 billion price tag on his eyesight!

What price have you placed on your blessings? Everything you own has a price tag on it. It's a price tag in your mind and the value can change whenever you decide. The value of something is determined by how much it is appreciated. When an item means a lot to you, it appreciates in value. But when it isn't important to you anymore, it depreciates in value.

When you buy an expensive piece of furniture, you are excited about it and are thankful. But over time you might quit noticing it and decide to sell it in a garage sale for $5. In your mind, it has lost its value so you stop being thankful for it. When a bride and groom stand at the altar exchanging vows, they tell each other that they are the most valuable person in the world. But as time goes on and conflict occurs, they may stop appreciating each other. They don't value each other like they did on their wedding day.

The key to being thankful is to increase the perceived value of what you own by raising the price on each item. Make a decision to appreciate everything that God has given you by giving genuine thanks to Him. Eph. 5:20 says, "Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God." Why would He tell us to do this? Because God really, really likes to hear us give thanks to Him--all the time. Unfortunately, much of what He hears is just complaining.
To listen to the entire message on this topic, go to
"Thankful ALL the Time."