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The great divide of appreciation
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This weekend, most people in America are celebrating Thanksgiving. We do have a lot to be thankful for.

There was a study made on this idea of gratitude dealing with the thoughts and actions of we Americans. The results showed that 90 percent of Americans felt that they were thankful, but only 50 percent showed their gratitude either in actions or in words, creating this great divide between the two.

Another fact uncovered was that only 10 percent demonstrated gratitude in the workplace. This is sad for those who consider themselves Christ followers, for one of the greatest places to be a witness is where we work. If all that non-believers hear is complaining, they probably don’t want what we have. On the other hand, if they hear words of gratitude they may very well desire what we have.

2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"

As Christians, we ought to be the happiest and most content people on this Earth. Of all people we ought to realize what we possess, (salvation, transformation, freedom from the power of sin, peace and eternal life just to name a few), and because of these things, gratitude ought to swell within us.

The result of what’s happening to us on the inside should show itself through our words and actions. There are those around us who need to be appreciated for the things they do for us.

So what do you need to thank God for today? Who is it in your life that you need to communicate with to show your gratitude?

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