in, Self-Improvement

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


I’m taking time today to express thanks for a few things, important things, and important people.  I hope that once you finish reading, you’ll do the same in your own special way.

I’m thankful for my parents.  We didn’t always communicate well, but there was always love, even if we didn’t say it out loud.

I’m thankful for my sisters.  They’re two of God’s most beautiful creations and I’m thankful for them daily.  Believe it or not, I even understand if they fall in love with a great guy and don’t have as much time to hang out with me anymore.

I’m thankful for my brother.  He doesn’t do the things that I did at his age, but that’s good – he’s his own man.  I’m enjoying watching him grow up.

I’m thankful for my “guy” friends.  No matter how old you get, there’s still an occasional urge to dress up in camo and play army in the woods.

I’m thankful for my “girl” friends.  Always modest and usually happy, they provide great hope for me that the right woman is out there for me to steal her heart and to love until death do us part.

I’m thankful for the things God has allowed me to learn.  The lessons can be rough from time to time, but the Lord is good, all the time.

I’m thankful for you.  You may not fall into one of the categories above, but you are important.  Without you, I’d have no one to introduce myself to.  Without you, my audience would be small.  Without you, I may not be able to change the world.  With you, we can change the world.  With you, we can share hope and love.  With you, we can help the lost and needy.  With you, we can unlock the fullness of life.