As we think back over the past year, we realize there are more blessings we’ve received and more things to be thankful for than we can even begin to count. This year we are especially thankful for our current clients, past clients, referrals and companies we work with. As each of you know, many hours of our week are put towards serving those with real estate needs, and it makes it all the more enjoyable that we get to spend our time working with wonderful people like you. So, thank you for your trust and confidence in our team. We couldn’t do it without you.
We also give our thanks and honor to the Mighty God we serve. “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32) He gave us the best gift we could have ever received — Jesus Christ. And for this we will be forever grateful.
We challenge you today and each day after to live your life with thanksgiving. Below are some ways to cultivate a heart of gratitude.
1. Start a thankful journal
Studies show that having a daily mental attitude of thanksgiving fends off depression, anxiety and stress. Buy yourself a journal and take a few minutes each day to jot down what you’re thankful for.
2. Discuss what you’re thankful for over dinner with your family
Start at the head of the table and slowly work your way around as each family member states one thing they’re thankful for. This not only creates a heart of gratitude, but gives your family a meaningful bonding activity to do each night at dinner.
3. Be content with what you’ve been given
There will always be ads, marketing campaigns, and commercials that will draw your attention away from what you have and onto things you don’t have. This is a great way to turn a grateful heart into and ungrateful and wanting heart. As much as you can, avoid social media, television, magazines, etc. that cause you to become discontent with what God’s given you.
4. Give to others
Since “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above..” (James 1:17a), keep the gift giving flowing by blessing those who around you who are in need. Brainstorm with your family what organizations or people you know who might be in need this holiday season, and bless them with money, items, or your service.
We hope you truly have a heart of gratitude this Thanksgiving and keep the trend going on into 2017!