“Living in Thanksgiving Daily”…

I’ve quite enjoyed the Facebook posts where people express gratitude each day of November. Also, today being Thanksgiving here in the United States, many people are expressing gratitude on Facebook and/or Twitter, etc. I like that kind of thing.

There’s a Mormon Message entitled, “Thanksgiving Daily” that talks about gratitude, and the title comes from a verse of scripture from the Book of Mormon:

“That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.” (Alma 34:38)

Here’s the interesting thing about this verse. It doesn’t talk about being thankful or expressing gratitude. The exact phrase is “living in thanksgiving daily”. Though I think being thankful and expressing thankfulness and living in thanksgiving are related, they may not be the same.

Look at how the phrase “living in” is used in other ways. For instance, what does it mean to “live in fear”? I’m guessing it means to feel a constant panic that is anything but momentary. Living in fear lasts a long time and affects thoughts, choices, decisions, and attitude. It would affect how you think and treat others. It could almost be overwhelming…

Well, that’s a negative example. What about applying the same definition to “thanksgiving”. Living in thanksgiving is not momentary. Living in thanksgiving lasts a long time and affects thoughts, choices, decisions, and attitude. It would affect how I think and treat others. It could almost be a feeling that overwhelms other feelings. It would be wonderful…

Be Encouraging…

BJM

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